The revolt goes global!…Bolivian President Evo Morales flees town ahead of speech after angry miners throw dynamite in protest at food shortages
11th February 2011
Bolivian President Evo Morales has abruptly abandoned a mining town after protesters angered by rising prices booed him and set off dynamite.
Mr Morales was due to speak on the anniversary of a colonial uprising in Oruro but canceled plans to participate in a march yesterday after demonstrations against rising food prices and shortages.
There were also protests in the Bolivian capital of La Paz, and the cities of Santa Cruz and Cochabamba.
The Bolivian populace are angry over a near doubling in the price of sugar after the government lifted subsidies.
The president’s popularity has plummeted since he tried to lift subsidies on gasoline, flour and sugar in December.
He subsequently abandoned the effort – but did remove price controls on sugar.
As he prepared to deliver a speech in Oruro yesterday, the capital of his home province, protesters set off explosions to voice their unhappiness at the price rises.
‘The government took the decision not to respond to shameful provocations of this kind,’ presidential spokesman Ivan Canelas said after the leader returned to La Paz.
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In the opposition stronghold of Santa Cruz, meanwhile, protesters blocked the road leading to the airport in opposition to a government-planned food production agency.