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Bolivian minister resigns as protest spread over crackdown

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Bolivian minister resigns as protest spread over crackdown

 

Bolivian minister resigns as protest spread over crackdown
584 words
26 September 2011
11:41
AFPR
English
Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2011 All reproduction and presentation rights reserved.

 

Protests over a planned highway through a Bolivian rainforest preserve spread Monday as the defense minister resigned in repudiation of a police crackdown on a protest march against the project.

Angry residents erected barricades and set them on fire on the runways of an airport in the northeastern Amazon region to free about 300 marchers who had been detained by police on Sunday and were to be flown home.

“Residents blocked the airport and prevented the detainees from being transferred,” the mayor of Rurrenabaque, Yerko Nunez, told the privately owned Panamerican radio, adding the police fled.

Riot police on Sunday fired tear gas to disperse a long march on La Paz by Indians from the Amazon to voice their opposition to government plans for a highway through the rainforest preserve.

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