Saturday, March 03, 2007

Bolivia, La Paz, Miner's Strike

Riot police are attacked during clashes with independent miners in the centre of La Paz February 7, 2007. Mining cooperatives, to which some 55,000 independent miners belong, strongly oppose plans by the leftist government Evo Morales to increase taxes on miners and overhaul the mining industry. Miner protests have helped to topple presidents in the past, and last year 16 miners died in dynamite battles for control of Huanuni, the country's largest tin mine. REUTERS/David Mercado (BOLIVIA)

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At 3:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are the independent miners really independent or are they tools in the hands of the rightist opposition?

At 3:59 PM, Blogger Riot Porn said...

Would you question if they were really independent or tools of a left-wing opposition if a populist wasn't in power?

At 5:51 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Well the cooperative miners were certainly manipulated by the bosses when they went and attacked their fellow workers in the nationalised mines because they believed they had been given the lease by the previous owners. All a cooperative does is turn workers into militant small business owners who can then be manipulated for reactionary aims by the capitalists cause their cooperatives are susceptible to market forces, and taxation. And for the record, Evo Morales is no friend of the Bolivian working-class or peasantry.


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