Saturday, October 14, 2006


Bolivia mines officials replaced as fighting stops

`The violence began Thursday morning, when hundreds of miners belonging to independent cooperatives stormed the state-owned Huanuni mine, demanding more access to its tin deposits. State-employed miners counterattacked to regain control of the mine and the groups exchanged gunshots and dynamite.

Miners from both sides, some only in their teens, threw dynamite and homemade explosives at each other from ridge to ridge, sometimes separated by no more than 50 feet (15 meters).

On Friday morning, members of the miners’ cooperative rolled three tires packed with explosives down the side of the mountain toward town, causing an enormous explosion.’

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