Daily Archives: March 25, 2012

Sayaquira mine violent takeover, again!!!

Pagina Siete reports on the infamous, anarchical and illegal take over of private property, Sayaquira mine was, again invaded by a violent and angry mob:

Eight male persons were detained and transferred to cells of the special force of fight against crime (FELCC) the morning of Friday, March 23, 2012, charged with the subjugation of the Sayaquira Tin mine.

The Prosecutor’s Office will be charging them for crimes of attack against the security of the State, unlawful association and others.

Witnesses to the confrontation that occurred at the site located in the Inquisivi province, 230 kilometers from the city of La Paz, narrated that when the almost 600 subduers wanted to enter the mine many of them decided not to do so and tried to return, but they were intercepted by the inhabitants of the place who found them in possession of dynamite.

The representative of the Public Ministry of the monasteries Javier peace told ANF [news agency] that “the attack against the internal security of the State would be a crime, if there is a need to charge them, it will be, initially we will see if the charges correspond to move the trial to the prudential court”.

Government [formerly Interior Ministry, in charge of public safety] Minister, Carlos Romero, said that if dialogue does not prosper in the next hours, he will ask the Attorney General to act and to enforce the procedure that corresponds. The police collected dynamite the detainees carried, as evidence.


As reported from Los Tiempos:

The Police yesterday recovered control of Sayaquira tin mine, subjugated by cooperative “unemployed” miners from the Huanuni mine and Inquisivi province, La Paz; last Thursday morning.

However, a group of herders would only have retreated to a nearby site, so it is feared another occupation.

The eviction, according to a report from Cadena A, occurred late yesterday, without the use of force or chemical agents. Cooperators left the mine almost on a voluntary basis and they said they would go back to their places of origin (Oruro and Potosí).

A contingent of troops remains in place to secure the return of the mine workers.


La Razon reports:

The Sayaquira Tin mine was taken yesterday for the fourth time in less than a year by at least 300 mine cooperativists and herders. As a result from the illegal occupation, there were injured two employees of the company and an engineer was taken hostage. Police arrested eight people.

[Andres] Molina [general manager] said that Embas [Barrosquira mining company], which has 93 employees, had lost in 2011 more than $ 600,000 by the taking of the mine. A press release from the firm notes that at 01.30 yesterday members of the defunct [broke] El Progreso cooperative of Huanuni (Oruro) crossed the bars of K’onani and Cajsata aboard trucks full of people. Workers identified Félix Veizaga as the ringleader of the assault.

Molina explained a day not worked in the mine, Embas and the State lose close to $ 9,000.


It really bothers me how anarchy is taking over our beloved country. People want the easy way, they see a neighbor with a profitable activity and/or valuable assets and they go on with the pillage, like relentless vultures. Early this week, newspapers reported with details how the assault took place.

It is confusing to see hesitant government officials and prosecutors at the time of enforcing the law. If anyone is caught in the act of trespassing with dynamite, the outcome should be very simple. What is there to dialogue, and this is the fourth time of such invasion?

A sad event comes to mind, Collana farm was invaded, owner killed and cattle who produced the most milk in the highlands of La Paz and Oruro, were killed and barbecued… that successful private initiative was destroyed and no guilty parties were prosecuted.

It upsets me how unstable, unsafe is Bolivia becoming, we cannot go out there and place a business or walk in our streets for fear of being assaulted. Let alone, the damaging image we offer to investors, whereas local or foreign.