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Poor people in Bolivia are fighting over a loaf of bread. The army itself took action against the strike of South American bakers; it started two days ago in La Paz and El Alto (the two main areas of the capital). Soldiers acted as bakers and they are granting the production of 70 thousand loaves daily, which are necessary to the population of the city.

Bakers switched their oven off on Monday to protest against the elimination of benefits on the price of flour – a decision taken by the Government of President Evo Morales. Bakers commented saying it is impossible to sell a loaf of bread for less than 50 cents.

The army sold loaves for 40 cents each. The Minister of Defense, Reymi Ferreira, declared that the initiative was “successful” and announced that the production will be doubled, granting up to 140 thousand loaves a day. Six stations of the army were provided with industrial oven in La Paz and El Alto. The spokesperson of bakers, Felix Quenta, said that this artifice “does not change the fact that without benefits the flour costs more, therefore bread costs more too”.

Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa

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