A one day strike called by transport workers has been extended for a further 48-hours throughout Bolivia, and an indefinite period in the capital.
LA PAZ, BOLIVIA (APRIL 20, 1982) (REUTERS)
GV Cars in street of La Paz
SV Members of the public boarding lorries (2 shots)
SV Truck full of people
SV Military police speaking through loudspeaker
SV People boarding coach driven by member of the military forces (2 shots)
SV People travelling on board military vehicle (2 shots)
Background: A one day strike called by transport workers has been extended for a further 48-hours throughout Bolivia, and an indefinite period in the capital. The strike, called by union leaders, affected all means of public transport and paralysed La Paz on Tuesday (20 April). Army vehicles were used to minimise the impact of the stoppage but the military government had to shorten the working day to prevent chaos. Union activity has only been allowed in Bolivia since March 1. Since then, the currency devaluation and other economic measures announced by the government of General Torrelio, have brought general discontent and strikes. Transport workers want the present multiple exchange rater for the Peso abolished in favour of a single rate and used the stoppage to emphasise their protest.