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Labor Protests Continue in Bolivia


Bolivian President Evo Morales is facing a new wave of labor protests.

Public health officials staged a nationwide strike Tuesday and Wednesday, demanding a seven percent wage hike granted by the government be raised to 10 percent.

Bus drivers also went on strike, opposing proposed taxes in the city of Cochabamba, Mr. Morales' political stronghold. Employees of troubled airline Lloyd Aereo Boliviano staged another in a series of protests calling for government assistance.

Mr. Morales says the protests are rooted in politics and aimed at destabilizing his administration.

Before he took office a little more than three months ago, Mr. Morales was a veteran activist who staged strikes himself, some of which resulted in the ousting of two presidents in less than two years.

Several trade unions have announced further action for the coming days.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.
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