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Bolivians protest rising food prices

02-16-2011 08:18 BJT

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Thousands of Bolivians have taken to the streets of La Paz, in a protest against rising food prices.

The rally began in the impoverished city of El Alto, as demonstrators set off dynamite from mines, and called for ministers to be sacked. Marchers also wanted to meet with President Evo Morales, who had to flee a public event last week.

The nation's leader has found his left-wing base turning against him over this issue, and his popularity has plummeted. The prices of basic food items have risen between 5 and 40 percent across the country since January.

The cost of sugar has doubled. Organizers says the protest was also provoked by accusations that a number of government employees hoarded large quantities of the sweet crop, to sell on to unions.




Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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