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Bolivian Daily Analyzes Change in Social Movements

The social movements can now be described as pre- or post-October 2003. On the eve of Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada’s resignation, a multitude, such as had only been seen before when Juan Lechin Oquendo led the Bolivian Labor Movement (COB), filled the historic San Francisco Plaza. Months later, Carlos Mesa’s government was facing a hitherto unheard-of number of protests and demonstrations, averaging 20 conflicts a day. The October 2003 protests strengthened the social movements, but also drastically modified their structure. Until recently, social movements were organized around the unions, being ideologically and formally influenced by them. Full Story

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