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Workers for Struggling Bolivian Airline Seize Airports


Employees of Bolivia's Lloyd Aereo Boliviano airline have halted operations at two airports, demanding the government take control of the financially struggling company.

The workers erected barricades on runways at airports in Cochabamba and Tarija Thursday. They are demanding that airline president Ernesto Asbun give up his controlling interest in the company, accusing him of trying to drive LAB into bankruptcy.

Asbun owns just over 50 percent of the company, while the Bolivian government owns the most of the remaining shares.

LAB has been plagued with labor unrest since February, when the pilots walked off the job demanding back pay and the reimbursement of millions of dollars into a pension fund.

The government officially intervened to halt the strike, but the Constitutional Court ruled that action was illegal.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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