La Paz residents and Bolivia's main trade union, the Bolivian Workers' Center, have called for an indefinite general strike across the capital city of La Paz, at a date yet to be determined, in protest of unpopular building code law, Law 233. Meanwhile, further protests across La Paz cannot be ruled out, with possible outbreaks of violence and transportation disruptions.
At least 30 separate roadblocks were erected across La Paz on Monday and Tuesday, May 12-13, along with a series of protests 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 particularly effective bargaining tools in negotiations. Violence at roadblocks is not rare.
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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