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Bolivian troops patrol capital of restive province

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Bolivian troops patrol capital of restive province


Two days after martial law was declared in Bolivia, soldiers are now patrolling a city that has been at the centre of anti-government demonstrations. The government says it is in control of the capital of Pando province after days of clashes between government and opposition supporters left at least 30 people dead.

In Santa Cruz province – one of five where opposition governors are rejecting President Evo Morales’ plans for reform – dozens of public buildings were set on fire last week. The president has vowed to arrest the governor of Pando, which could threaten negotiations with other opposition governors.

The governor of Santa Cruz, Ruben Costas, said:

“We warn that if there is one more death, or even one more person injured, we will cancel any further talks.”

Costas is demanding a government investigation into the deaths, overseen by international organisations.

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