Bolivian coca growers retake their headquarters after pushing back the PoliceLa Paz, Oct 4 (EFE) .- Bolivian coca leaf producers opposed to a leader who they point to as related to the Government of Luis Arce resumed their headquarters and the legal market for the sale of the plant in La Paz on Monday after a new skirmish with the Police.
After previously meeting in the neighborhood of Villa El Carmen, thousands of coca growers marched towards the headquarters of the Departmental Association of Coca Producers (Adepcoca) of La Paz, in neighboring Villa Fátima.As in previous days, the march ran into the barriers of riot police that until today had prevented them from entering the Adepcoca headquarters, where the market for the legal sale of coca also operates.
On this occasion there were thousands of coca growers and they were able to advance by throwing stones and with detonations of small charges of dynamite, while the agents fired tear gas, but ended up retreating together with the faction of producers under the command of Arnold Alanez, recognized by the national government.
In this way, those mobilized under the call of the so-called Self-Defense Committee managed to enter the market with the cry of yes, we could, some were moved to tears. Despite the rain that began to fall after noon, some coca growers began to dance to celebrate the resumption of their headquarters to the rhythm of an indigenous music band that accompanied their march, while others denounced the disappearance of computer equipment and coca that they had stored in the market.
In a statement to the media, a representative of the committee called this day historic. The producer of the coca leaf has recovered his house, despite the fact that the government has wanted to impose a leader on us and has wanted to take away our headquarters, he said.
We want to tell the government not to interfere in a private institution. This institution belongs to the coca leaf producers of the three La Paz provinces, he said.The cocaleros will remain in vigil and hope to summon a new election of their leadership. Article Source Disclaimer: This article is generated from the feed and not edited by our team.