Describe the popular struggle of Bolivia.
Popular struggle of Bolivia
- People’s struggle against privatisation of water in Bolivia power that struggles are integral part of democracy.
- The world Bank pressurised the government to give up its control of municipal water supply. The government sold these rights to a multinational company which increased the price of water by four times. Many people received monthly water bill of ?1,000 in a country where average income is around ?5,000 a month.
- In January 2000, a new alliance of labour human rights and community leaders organised a successful gone day strike.
- The government agreed to negotiate and the strike was called off.
- The police resorted to brutal regression when the agitations started in February followed in April and the government imposed martial law.
- But the power of people forced the officials of the MNC to flee the city and made the government concede to all the demand of the protestors.
- The contract with MNC was cancelled and the water supply was restored with the municipality at old rates.
This popular struggle came to be known as ‘Bolivia’s Water Cool’.