Bolivian bishops call for end to violent protests
Conflict broke out after public transportation workers went on strike for 48 hours. The situation was made worse by a simultaneous strike by doctors and paramedics in the public health care system.
In a statement posted on their website, the bishops underscored the need to reach agreements â€œout of respect for the common good of all Bolivians.â€
They stressed that negative attitudes such as intolerance, confrontation or the imposition of ideas or laws do not contribute to the building of the democratic society that Bolivia needs.
â€œThe countryâ€™s problems are profound and need to be resolved by taking into account the views and contributions of all those who live here,â€ the bishops said.
They also defended the right of the indigenous community to hold an upcoming march to demand respect for their legitimate aspirations.
â€œWe hope that initiatives that divide people, provoke confrontations and fundamentally falsify the truth will be avoided. Once again we strongly reaffirm that the only path is honest, sincere and transparent dialogue, oriented towards the common good,â€ they added.