April 9, 2000 |
The president declared a state of emergency Saturday, sending police armed with tear gas and rubber bullets into the streets of Cochabamba, the country's third-largest city, to try to quell demonstrators who hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails back at them. The government's move came after a week of protests about increasing water rates, unemployment and other economic difficulties plaguing this nation in the heart of South America.
November 30, 1989 |
The Bolivian government Wednesday announced the arrest of a man reputed to be one of that nation's two major cocaine traffickers. Juan Carlos Lisboa Melgar, 35, was arrested Tuesday during a raid on a home in Santa Cruz, a drug-trafficking center 335 miles southeast of La Paz, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gonzalo Torrico said. He said Lisboa, who did not resist arrest, owns the biggest cocaine-processing laboratory ever uncovered in Bolivia. He said it can produce up to 8,800 pounds a week.
October 28, 2003 |
THE debate over whether wild dolphins should be turned into swim playmates for tourists has heated up after Hurricane Marty blew through La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur. Three of seven dolphins in the delphinario, a series of containment pens in La Paz Bay that housed dolphins for tourists to swim with, were killed after Marty flooded the city last month, sending torrents of raw sewage and garbage into the water.
May 19, 2002 |
The Choqueyapu River used to be the town's treasure, filled with the gold that five centuries ago attracted the Spaniards to this basin in the Andes. Precious metals are nowhere to be found near the Choqueyapu these days. Human feces, dead dogs and noxious chemicals fill the waters as they wind through La Paz, bringing disease and overpowering smells to those unlucky enough to live near its banks.
January 2, 1985 |
U.S. and Bolivian planes searched the snowcapped Andes today for an Eastern Airlines jet that disappeared with 29 people aboard 11 minutes before its scheduled landing at La Paz airport. There was a report that some wreckage was spotted but there was no confirmation it was the missing Boeing 727. Marian Davis, wife of U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay Arthur H. Davis, was one of the eight Americans reported aboard the plane, State Department spokesman Alan Romberg said in Washington.
October 16, 2003 |
At the very center of this capital city, groups of Aymara and Quechua Indians have taken over the plaza the Spanish conquistadors first laid out in 1548, cutting up cobblestones the size of bread loaves to make barricades, filling the days with fervent speeches about revolution. They've been there for four days, the focal point of an uprising that has shut down this metropolis of 1.
April 7, 1989 |
As La Paz has grown into a bustling city of more than 1 million people, with shining skyscrapers and noisy traffic jams, an urban Indian subculture has flourished amid the concrete and brick, preserving its folk customs, traditional beliefs and ancient language against the pressure of the dominant culture and the modern metropolitan environment.