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(en) Bolivia: The people take control of large parts of La Paz [ALT.MEDIA] (pt,it)

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Date Thu, 16 Oct 2003 13:12:09 +0200 (CEST)

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[13/10/2003 - 12.30pm] A human tide, coming from El Alto, is
already in the centre of the capital La Paz. They hurry towards
the Palace. Marching through the streets near government
headquarters, more rebels appear, residents of the area, adding
to the march, with clubs and stones. It is the people,
humiliated and massacred with machine guns and rifles for more
than 48 hours. It is the people that has decided to kick out the
government of millionaire Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada. The
neighborhoods of the north, of the east and of the west are
already in the hands of the people. In the city centre, at the
government's headquarters, workers, unemployed and students
control the main streets, awaiting the arrival of the residents
of El Alto before occupying the Praça Murillo, home to the
Government's vast Palace, protected by a ring of fire and
machine guns.

The military, heavily armed, are holding on to the the symbol of
power. The president, a recluse in his official residence in the
South of the city, is alone and desperate, meeting with those
ministers who still back him. Journalists already speculate on
his dismissal, which seems imminent.

The human tide continues to move forward. Everone is screaming,
everyone is furious. Some say that there are 20,000 - others
calculate more than 30,000. But it is certain that are more than
ever intent on avenging the massacre, they cannot forget the 30
plus who have died and the 150-odd wounded in the last 48 hours.
>From the city of Oruro, in El Alto, the padrecitos of the Church
bless a countless crowd of shopkeepers, workers, miners and
students who have decided to march on La Paz, leaving behind
their children, their brothers and sisters, to remove Sánchez de

"Goni, murderer, we want your head", screams the crowd coming
from El Alto. They are men, women, children, it is the people
that is getting rid of the democracy of the rich. They are 2
kilometers from the Palace. The millonaire, in the south of the
city, follows in silence, a car with diplomatic plates waiting
at the door.

Source: Econoticiasbolivia.com

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