48-Hour Road Blockade
Strikes and road blockades are almost a daily occurrence in La Paz. When people want change, they don’t set up tents in a park, they hold the city hostage.
That’s exactly what happened when Ania and I tried to leave the city - we couldn’t.
Taxi drivers and bus drivers parked their vehicles in streets throughout La Paz, forming massive road blockades, and pretty much stopped all forms of traffic and transportation for 48 hours. There was nothing we could do.
Some families went for milk shakes and enjoyed the impromptu holiday, but the milk ran out by the second day when delivery trucks failed to arrive.
The city’s public transportation drivers wanted to raise their fares, the government disagreed, and this is what happened. If any driver did not participate in the strike and was seen with customers in his car, the other drivers would throw rocks at the perpetrator, charge the car, pull him out of the window, and beat him senseless …
… which was especially bad because all the doctors in La Paz were also on strike at the time. The government wanted them to work 8 hours a day and they felt that was too much so they went outside and blocked roads with the bus drivers.
At least things were interesting.
La Paz, Bolivia - © Diego Cupolo 2012