Thousands of Bolivian tin miners began returning to work on Tuesday (29 July) after reaching an agreement with the country's new military rulers whom they'd earlier opposed.
CU PAN TO GV UDR poster TO Miners assembled at rally in Milluni, Bolivia
SCU PULL BACK GV Speaker addressing rally in Spanish
SV PAN Rally applauding
SV PAN Rally chanting slogans and clapping
SV PAN Rally observing a minute silence with flag at half mast (2 shots)
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Background: Thousands of Bolivian tin miners began returning to work on Tuesday (29 July) after reaching an agreement with the country's new military rulers whom they'd earlier opposed. A spokesman for the state-owned Bolivian Mining Corporation said about seven thousand miners in two of the country's most important mining districts has agreed to end their protest strike and refrain from taking part in subversive activities.
SYNOPSIS: More than forty-thousand other miners, however, are still staying away from work in protest against the overthrow of the government of President Lidia Guieler. On Monday (28 July) miners in the town of Milluni heard anti-government speeches.
One of the miners' main grievances is the arrest of labour leader, Juan Lechin. No-one knows exactly how many people have been arrested since the coup, but the country's new military leaders are said to be continuing to remove opposition to their regime.
The leader of the Coup, General Luis Garcia Meza, says that Bolivian workers should produce more because of the economic boycott imposed on Bolivia by certain countries. The American government has charged that human rights were seriously violated in Bolivia during the coup, and has cut off military and economic aid.