Lonely Planet Writer

General strike continues in Bolivian mining city

An indefinite general strike continues in the mining city of Potosi, Bolivia for the tenth day in a row. Demonstrations have paralyzed the community, drawing an estimated 100,000 people to the streets.

Potosi, Bolivia.
Potosi, Bolivia. Image by Peter Collins / CC BY-SA 2.0

Current conflicts stem from a list of 26 demands, including improvements to hospitals, bridge and road construction, wind power, an international airport and more. The Cerro Rico mines in the area employ some 15,000 workers and an average of 20 people per month die from work related accidents due to the dangerous conditions and illnesses caused by the environment. Read more: revolution-news.com