In Bolivia, workers have made their first public protest against the country's economic since the military coup of July 1980 toppled a newly-elected civilian government.
GV Marchers carrying banners
GV Women marchers and other marchers carrying placards and chanting slogans
TV Women & GV Marchers with placards (2 shots)
GV Marchers with trade union banners chanting slogans
GV Women carrying banner
GV Marchers singing
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Background: In Bolivia, workers have made their first public protest against the country's economic since the military coup of July 1980 toppled a newly-elected civilian government. On July 5, thousands of workers in the capital, 'La Paz, took part in what its organisers, the trade unions, described as a 'hunger march'. President Celso Torrelio's military junta has failed to slow down inflation, running at around 400 per cent. Asking the junta to stand down, the demonstrators rejected the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) recent demands for further deflationary measures. Acting on the IMF's advice, President Torrelio in February ordered a 76 per cent devaluation and allowed the peso to float against the dollar. The measures thrust petrol, food, electricity and transport costs up 50 per cent, and many basic goods, such as bread, sugar and meat, have become scarce.