Bolivia's military government has lifted restrictions on labour and political organisations and has declared a general amnesty that will allow about 5,000 exiles to return home.
GV Street some in La Paz showing traffic
GVs & CUs Closed banks in the centre of the city (4 shots)
GV EXTERIOR Church of Senor del Gran Poder
GV & SV Placards outside church in support of hunger strike (2 shots)
GV INTERIOR Hunger strikers in church playing draughts, chewing coca (3 shots)
CU Spokeswoman for hunger strikers speaking (SPANISH SOT)
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Background: Bolivia's military government has lifted restrictions on labour and political organisations and has declared a general amnesty that will allow about 5,000 exiles to return home. The government announcement on May 26 ended two months of social pressure and coincided with the latest in a series of strikes in La Paz. The stoppage was organised by the banned Bolivian Workers Federation (COB). As a result of the strike, banks and social security offices in the centre of the city were shut down and a week-long hunger strike was staged in the "Senor del Gran Poder" church. Bolivia's leader, General Celso Torrelio Villa, decided to heed the strikers' pressure eight months after he and other generals overthrew the military government of General Garcia Meza. General Garcia seized power from a civilian president in July 1980 and banned political and trade union organisations -- including the COB, which previously grouped all Bolivian workers. The COB will now be restored to its previous status and the strikers have been called off.