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Thousands of Miners Protest Proposed Tax Hike in Bolivia


Tens of thousands of miners in Bolivia have marched in the capital to protest a planned tax increase.

At least 20,000 people took part in the demonstration Tuesday in La Paz against a proposal from President Evo Morales for a sharp increase in mining taxes. Protesters shouted slogans and threw dynamite charges. Police confiscated hundreds of sticks of dynamite from the protesters.

The protest went ahead, even though the government announced Monday night that it would freeze the taxes at their current level until further notice.

President Morales has said he plans to nationalize the country's mining sector.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.