Mining Conflicts and The Politics of Post-Nationalization Bolivia

Originally posted on Climate Connections:

by Dylan Harris, 05 October 2012.  Source UpsideDown World

Miners’ road blockades outside La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz - Protests between rival mining groups have been growing in power and intensity over the past three weeks. However, the demonstrations began as early as two months ago. Walking through different parts of La Paz, one could see large groups of miners – obvious because of their mining helmets and clothing – holding signs and holding small congresses with people passing by and policemen. Tuesday, September 18, 2012, the protest between the two rival camps erupted into violence, resulting in the death of one miner and the injury of at least seven more. As the conflict continues to swell, blockades have gone up across Bolivia, virtually crippling transport in and out of La Paz.

The conflict is between private miner cooperatives that are common across Bolivia and the unionized miners that work for…

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