Bolivia news roundup
A virtual vice-president; a march to the sea; the COB up to its old tricks; locals seize gas pipeline.
Apparently, the website for Bolivia's vice-president lists Hormando Vaca Díez & links to his information. Faux pas. Vaca Díez isn't the vice-president (he's head of the Senate). Bolivia currently has no vice-president. Mesa assumed the presidency in October, but the constitution doesn't address vice-presidential succession. This is the MIR senator's second related embarrassment. Shortly after October, he moved his office to the Vicepresidency, and even fired some previous staff.
In anticipation of the Bolivia vs. Chile World Cup qualifier match (30 March), there's much to-do about the sea issue — especially w/ the Día del Litoral (23 March) around the corner. A citizen caravan is scheduled to leave Oruro that day for Chile-Bolivia frontier to let "the Chilean people" know how important the sea issue is.
The COB has decided to give Mesa's government 10 days to answer it's list of demands. (I've not been able to find out what those demands are.) Otherwise, there'll be a nationwide, COB-led strike on 17 March. There will also be torchlight marches on 25 March. Also, the public universities will strike on 22 March.
A group of citizens from Moteagudo (in the chaco region of Chuquisaca) seized control of three pumping stations. The villagers demand a paved highway connecting to Santa Cruz, a rural electricity project, and domestic gas installations (gas for homes). Otherwise, they'll shut off the gas.
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