Santa Cruz Department to be Blockaded

Conalcam (La Coordinadora Nacional para el Cambio), a Bolivian political institution in league with president Evo Morales, has announced that beginning on Monday, September 15, it will block all roads into and out of Santa Cruz province. Last Year, Morales announced that revenues from oil in the Santa Cruz would be divided among the rest of the country and large farms would be broken up and land given away to poor farmers. Santa Cruz has led the fight against Morales, voting recently for a form of autonomy in which it would keep its revenues and farms. Conalcam, which cites the “unpatriotic” attitude of Santa Cruz, is calling on poor farmers in neighboring states to enforce the blockade. The date was selected to prevent attendance at Expocruz 2008, the department’s annual business convention. Travelers to the convention and Santa Cruz province are encouraged to get the latest information before traveling, especially as the situation is escalating and the scene at the borders may get ugly.

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