Strike traps French, British and Argentines in Bolivian city

17th July 2015, Comments 0 comments

British and Argentine tourists as well as French volunteers are trapped in a mining city in southwest Bolivia that is paralyzed by a massive strike, officials said.

The strike demanding investment in public infrastructure has gone on in the town of Potosi for 11 days, stranding the 70 Argentines, 20 French, three British and one Russian, local and diplomatic sources said.

Protesters wielding rocks, sticks and debris have totally cut off access to Potosi, paralyzing the city of 200,000 people.

"Despite efforts that have already been made to leave the department by land, these efforts have not succeeded," government minister Carlos Romero said.

The British and Russian tourists have been unable to get out of the city due to picket lines.

Speaking to AFP, English tourist Justin Walley said police were working on a plan to get the group out by bus.

The French group are young people doing volunteer work in the mining region. Many of the Argentines in the city arrived for Pope Francis' visit to the area, officials said.

Officials said the city has started to suffer from shortages and on Friday the government will start talks with union and local leaders.

© 2015 AFP

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