The Bolivian capital La Paz was gripped by a one-day protest strike on August 16 as trade unionists sought to break the private transport monopoly in the city.
GV Social Security office.
GV & SV Strike billboard indicating office closed. (2 SHOTS)
SV PULL BACK GV & SV s Banks closed. (3 SHOTS)
SV PAN Truck crowded with people and full jeep.
CU Chains across office doors. (2 SHOTS)
SV PULL BACK GV People on footpath outside closed shops. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Trucks and vans loaded full of people. (2 SHOTS)
SV People on roadside seeking lift.
GVs Crowded vans and congested private traffic. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: The Bolivian capital La Paz was gripped by a one-day protest strike on August 16 as trade unionists sought to break the private transport monopoly in the city. The strike shut down banks, shops, public buildings and airline offices. It was called by the Departmental Workers Confederation (COD), which groups most of the La Paz area trade unions. The COD is opposed to the city's private transport operators, who have themselves been on strike for two weeks calling for higher fares and the right to import spare parts. The transport strike, involving mainly self-employed bus, taxi and truck drivers, has caused widespread food shortages and disrupted people's attempt to get to work. Many have been forced to hitch rides on the back of vans and trucks. the COD says the transport strike is harming ordinary Bolivians, and it wants the government to break the private monopoly on La Paz transport. It all adds to Bolivia's problems, which include rampant inflation, inadequate foreign reserves and food shortages.