The stoppage was felt in the centre of the six capital cities and in some provinces. The government called the strike “partial”, but the organizers considered it a “success”. The Pro Santa Cruz Civic Committee convoked for this Thursday a meeting in
The Minister of Government, Alfredo Rada, said yesterday that the stoppage was neither total nor forceful, and was “marked by violence” in Santa Cruz and Cochabamba, as well as incidents and blockades of roads, highways and borders in Pando, Beni, Chuquisaca and Tarija.
In the case of
On the other hand, the prefect of
The stoppage, according to the government
During the first hours of yesterday morning, confrontations occurred between members of the Cruceñista Youth Union (UJC) and petty traders from the supply market. The incident left two people injured, one who was run over (Miguel Perez, 37 years old) by a vehicle being driven by a member of the UJC, who was later detained by the police together with him accomplice.
Rada said that in the department of Chuquisaca, the civic stoppage was forceful, principally in the city of
In the city of
Meanwhile, in the provinces of the department of Tarija, with the exception of
In the department of
In the rural areas, only some of the municipalities of the high valley observed the civic stoppage, the rest of the communities complied with their cordial activities in normality, pointed out the authority.
In Cobija, capital of Pando, the passage to
Rada signaled that in the case of
The biggest surprise came from the mayor of
One spokesperson from the Santa Cruz Civic Committee said that Fernandez’s words did not represent the position of the entity who convoked the strike “for the unity of the country and so that this government listens to our demands for it to respect democracy”.
According to this source, this entity hopes that Morales will create a space for dialogue in order to resolve the conflicts in the country, whilst the minister of government sustained that the “violent methods” delegitimised the strike.
The stoppage, which affect two thirds of
The violence left behind injuries, people arrested, destruction and looting, the worst in
Rada said that this group is dangerous for “the existence of democracy”, and declared that they would be denounced in front of the attorney general, asking that the civic committee expel the UJC from its shared offices.
“A sovereign, not Venezuelan,
The government accused the opposition and the civic movements that promoted the strike of defending “the privileges of the oligarchy” and of being racist.
The attacks in
According to Rada, 11 people were detained, 3 in Santa Cruz and 8 in Cochabamba, amongst them Daniel Ruiz Arapo, a 20 years old, who’s US nationality figured on his identity card.
Translated from La Jornada