Bolivian police mutiny and riot over pay, stage set for coup
2012-06-25 0:00

By Adam Taylor | BusinessInsider.com

An estimated 4,000 low-ranked Bolivian police officers began a mutiny yesterday, demanding better wages across the nation, the AP reports.

The footage coming out of the country is pretty insane. Hundreds of heavily armed police officers, barricaded in their own offices, setting files alight and generally trashing everything.

It’s a tense situation — a similar strike in 2003 ended with a gunfight between the police and the presidential guard that left 19 dead. The officers are demanding a meeting with President Evo Morales, who is in the Presidential Palace only 100 meters away from where the protests began.

Below is footage from the ransacking of the police intelligence headquarter.

[...]


Video from: YouTube.com


Video from: YouTube.com


Read the full article at: businessinsider.com





Police mutiny setting stage for coup: Bolivia
From: PressTV


Bolivia says it is facing a coup attempt, as those involved in the recent police mutiny are stockpiling weapons in police stations.



Striking police officers demonstrate in front of the National Police headquarters in La Paz, Bolivia, June 22, 2012.


“Press reports and intelligence reports are now saying that a coup scenario is taking shape,” Communications Minister Amanda Davila said in an interview with a private broadcaster, AFP reported.

“What gets our attention is that the police are putting weapons in police units where there were none before, they are pressuring other units to turn over their weapons,” she noted.

Davila said the movement of arms in the cities of Cochabamba and Tarija seemed to be timed to coincide with the arrival of a group of indigenous protesters in the capital on Tuesday.



The group is on a march in protest against plans for a road that passes through an ecological reserve.

Earlier in the day, talks between Interior Minister Carlos Romero and striking officers ended in a stalemate, with Defense Minister Ruben Saavedra consequently announcing the deployment of more troops into the streets to protect private property and ensure public order.

Bolivian police are demanding a substantial pay increase to 2,000 Bolivianos (USD287) from a current average of USD 195 a month and a full pay upon retirement.

Other demands include the resignation of the national police chief, Colonel Victor Maldonado.

The mutiny began Thursday when some 30 policemen and their wives seized control of the headquarters of the country’s riot police and eight other police stations. The trouble soon spread to more than two dozen police stations and command centers across the country.

Hundreds of striking police, masked and dressed in civilian clothes, attacked the National Intelligence Directorate on Friday, smashing windows and pulling out furniture, documents and computers, and torched flags.

Government officials have raised concerns about citizen safety.


Article from: presstv.com







Police officers riot -Bolivia 2012 - Photos





Related Articles
One dead, 68 injured in Egypt football riots as ’country has no one in charge’
Greek Parliament Backs Austerity as Rioters Burn Buildings
Soros Warns of Violent Riots In America, Financial Collapse, Government Clampdown
UK police to test laser weapon that blinds rioters (Video)
Canada: Wearing Masks During Protest or Riot Could Become Crime
Journalist prints police scandal - cops raid his wife’s business
Protesters and Police Clash at NATO Meeting; 2 Held on Terrorism Charges


Latest News from our Front Page

Pressure from the United Patriots Front Stops Mosque Plan
2016-04-28 20:10
Pressure from the United Patriots Front appears to have killed off a mosque development in Narre Warren North. The City of Casey council now looks likely to withhold planning approval for the development in a special meeting set for Tuesday night. A council report, to be considered by councillors on Tuesday, recommends that the approval be blocked. The mosque opponents’ cause has been helped by councillor ...
Police face questions over the influence of the Freemasons
2016-04-28 20:48
South Yorkshire Police today face questions over whether powerful 'secret society' the Freemasons held sway over the force at the time of Hillsborough. Families of victims say that officers who were Masons were promoted into powerful positions despite being ill-equipped, including match commander David Duckenfield. Duckenfield told the fresh inquests he had been a Freemason since 1975 and became head of his ...
England Bans its Own Flag to Avoid Offending Muslims
2016-04-27 2:23
St. George's Cross "racist" towards immigrants Government officials said their city was ‘too multicultural’ to celebrate St George’s Day, England’s version of the 4th of July. The council said that displaying the English flag may have been seen as “racist” towards immigrants.
Half of Western European men descended from one Bronze Age ‘king’
2016-04-27 2:09
Half of Western European men are descended from one Bronze Age ‘king’ who sired a dynasty of elite nobles which spread throughout Europe, a new study has shown. The monarch, who lived around 4,000 years ago, is likely to have been one of the earliest chieftains to take power in the continent. He was part of a new order which emerged in ...
"Local Residents" Are Filmed Stealing Dozens of Bottles of Water at London Marathon Stop
2016-04-25 23:10
Editor's Comment: "Local" residents? Why bother blurring their faces? We know who they are. ... London marathon runners were robbed of dozens of bottled waters when thieves raided a refreshment area armed with trolleys during today's race. Nearby residents - including parents with children - were captured on camera piling up crates of free water handed out by volunteers during the 26-mile event. Marathon ...
More News »