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Bolivian Protesters to Resume Demonstrations Monday


Bolivian people fight for cooking gas as it arrives from the city of El Alto after weeks of shortage in La Paz
Protesters in Bolivia say their demonstrations and highway blockades will resume Monday if authorities in La Paz do not answer their demands favorably.

Demonstrators who have crippled much of the country for the past three weeks lifted many roadblocks Friday, after the appointment of interim President Eduardo Rodriguez. But organizers say a meeting with Mr. Rodriguez planned for Saturday to discuss their demands never materialized, so the demonstrations are set to resume.

The protesters eased highway blockades to allow much-needed fuel and other supplies to reach the capital and other cities.

Rural farmers, miners and labor groups in the impoverished country are demanding the nationalization of natural gas and oil resources to spread wealth more evenly among Bolivia's rich and poor regions.

Former President Carlos Mesa resigned last week in response to the protests.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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