sábado, 13 de septiembre de 2008

Bolivia: Government Declares State of Emergency in Pando

Bolivia continues to face social unrest, as anti-government crowds occupied government institutions in the city of Santa Cruz, and other clashes with pro-government supporters in the regions of Pando left 15 dead. As a result, the government placed a state of emergency in that department.

President Evo Morales has even called for the expulsion of U.S. Ambassador Phillip Goldberg, accusing him of conspiring with the opposition. Consequently, the U.S. government has also asked for the expulsion of the Bolivian ambassador in Washington, Gustavo Guzman. Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, in a sign of solidarity, also asked for the expulsion of the U.S. ambassador in that country [es].

Many bloggers are writing about the events, and many others are capturing dramatic photos and videos. On his Flickr account, Julio Ricardo Zuna Cossio provides first hand photos of the occupation of the institutions in Santa Cruz. Fernando of Vecino Barrio [es] also has firsthand photos of the destruction suffered by the public buildings.

Photo of disturbance in Santa Cruz. Taken by Julio Ricardo Zuna Cossio and used with permission.

Through rumors and stories, it is often difficult to find out the real story happening in each city. Renzo Colanzi writes in first-person format recounting his experiences during the tense and uncertain times in Santa Cruz [es].

(read more on Global Voices), thank's Eduardo Avila.

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