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Bolivian Security Forces Crack Down On Water Privatization Protest March

StoryApril 13, 2001
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Last year, under IMF urging, Bolivian water was privatized and sold to Bechtel and other foreign companies.Immediately water bills doubled or tripled and sparked a series of widespread protests in February and April.Authorities fired tear gas and live bullets, killing one. In April of last year, the government called a state ofsiege.

Yesterday, another march ended in violence and the arrest of Oscar Olivera, this year’s winner of the Goldman prizefor Human Rights.

Guest:

  • Katherine Ledebur, Coordinator, Andean Information Network, Cochinbamba, Bolivia.

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