Discuss the brief the popular struggle of Bolivia ?

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  • Bolivia is a poor country in Latin America the world bank pressurized the government to give up its control of municipal water supply.
  •  The govt. sold these tights for the city of Cochabamba to a MNC.
  •  The MNC immediately increased the price of water by four times.

  •  Many people received water bills of Rs- 1000 where as their average monthly income was Rs. 5000/ month.

  •  In January 2000 a new alliance of labour, human rights and community leaders organized a successful our days general strike in the city and the govt. agreed to negotiate. Yet nothing happened.

  •  The agitation started again in February but the police restored to brutal repression.

  • Another strike followed in April and the govt. imposed martial law.

  •  But the power of the people forced the officials of the MNC and the govt. to concede to all the demands of the protesters.

  • Finally the contract with the MNC was cancelled and water supply was restored to the municipality at old rates.

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