Agenzia Fides REPORT- The Catholic Church in Bolivia calls for dialogue and to avoid violence, "before the rising tide of social protest in Bolivia". In fact the country is preparing for a strike on behalf of drivers and doctors, willing to strike for 72 hours, with the imaginable consequences, starting today, Wednesday, May 9. In the statement of the Episcopal Conference entitled "urgent and responsible Dialogue", of which a copy was sent to Fides, we read the Bishops' request addressed to public authorities and social sectors, to avoid any conflict or act of violence and resume the path of dialogue".
The statement comes at a time when a growing wave of social unrest in Bolivia is being experienced for the 48-hour strike of public transport drivers that will paralyze the country's cities, including La Paz and other 5 regions. The landscape of social tension is compounded by the strike of doctors and paramedics of the public health system. "We are concerned about the extreme measures of social pressure on many people who risk their integrity - says the document - for the conflict that does not stop in the health sector, for economic losses suffered by individuals, companies and merchants, due to road blocks, and for the malaise of the population." (CE) (Agenzia Fides 09/05/2012)