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Bolivia: Roadblocks, protests continue in La Paz June 13 /update 1

Second consecutive day of roadblocks and protests in La Paz region June 13 in protest of Law 233; violence possible

14 Jun 01:24 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 6/12/2017, 12:00 AM until 6/14/2017, 11:59 PM (America/La_Paz). COUNTRY/REGION La Paz

Event

La Paz residents have launched a second consecutive day of protests as of Tuesday, June 13, to protest an unpopular building code law. Roadblocks are to be anticipated throughout the day in the area, including on Avenida Max Fernández, which links La Paz with nearby El Alto, home to the country’s main international airport. Other blockades have been reported in the Pasankeri area, on the Pasoskanki Bridge (Villa San Antonio), and on Avenida Buenos Aires. Police may be deployed to ensure major highways are kept clear, increasing the risk of clashes.

A march to City Hall (Alcaldía), located in central La Paz, will also be held.

Context

At least 18 separate roadblocks were erected in La Paz on Monday, the first day of a protest to denounce Territorial Technical Inspection Act 233. Residents fear the law will lead to the demolition of social housing projects, particularly those more than four floors high and/or built on slopes.

Bolivian civic groups and unions frequently erect roadblocks as a form of protest. The country's mountainous terrain means few roads connect major cities and therefore roadblocks serve as especially effective bargaining tools in negotiations. Violence at roadblocks is not rare.

Advice

Individuals present in the La Paz area are advised to keep abreast of the situation via local media outlets, to avoid all protests, and to never attempt to cross a roadblock without authorization due to the potential for violence. Allow for additional time to reach local destinations if traveling in affected areas.

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