The new government of Bolivia has been under pressure to introduce reforms following a series of military governments which have ruled the country since 1969.
GV & SV Students running through streets (3 shots)
GV Police on motor-cycles chasing demonstrators
SV Crowd outside tourist information centre with smashed window (2 shots)
SV Police outside tourist information centre
SV Armed police on motorcycles riding through street
SV Student arrested and led away by police
SV PAN Armed troops patrolling street
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Background: The new government of Bolivia has been under pressure to introduce reforms following a series of military governments which have ruled the country since 1969. Among those calling for change are the nation's students.
SYNOPSIS: The transition to a civilian government under Walter Guevara Arze who became President in August has not been smooth. And students are among those with a series of reforms that they want enacted. To back their appeals, they occupied the main street of La Paz. Thousands called for the return of the student card discount system, a reduction in the voting age from 21 to eighteen years, and a reduction in the time required for compulsory military service from one year to three months.
Riot police were called when the demonstration became a street battle. Several students were arrested.
Outside the tourist information centre students threw stones and bottles, breaking a window and at one stage they caused the police to retreat and take cover in Air Force premises. Another issue introduced by the students during the demonstration was a call for the release of students arrested in earlier demonstrations.
Police reinforcements eventually forced the students to disperse, and the streets were patrolled for the rest of the night.