Santa Cruz will maintain the strike until Congress approves a law that sets the date of the census

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People began putting up Christmas trees at roadblocks as a symbol that the protest will go on longer than expected

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Santa Cruz will maintain the strike until Congress approves a law that sets the date of the census

The population who maintains the strike in Santa Cruz, the largest Bolivian region, began to assemble Christmas trees at the blockade points as a symbol that The protest will continue until Parliament passes a law fixing the date of the census and guaranteeing the timely delivery of its final results.

The 32nd day of the strike, which took place this Tuesday, was notable for the presence of the Christmas trees along with the wires, ropes and flags stretched from end to end to close the way for vehicless and people in the streets and avenues of the regional capital.

In some places, residents brought Christmas decorations from their homes to decorate the trees, while in other places it was enough to stack old tires of different sizes and place a cardboard Bethlehem star on top next to a sign reading < b>“censo en 2023″.

With this singular protest, they sought to send the authorities the message that Santa Cruz is willing to maintain its claim even if the conflict lasts longer than expected and they have to spend the end-of-year festivities in the streets, according to what some people on strike told EFE.

Days ago, one or another Christmas tree was seen in some blockade areas, but on this day the use of that symbol was extended, especially due to the proximity to December.

Santa Cruz will maintain the strike until Congress approves a law that sets the date of the census

In some places, residents brought Christmas decorations from their homes to decorate the trees, while in other places it was enough to stack old tires of different sizes and place a cardboard Bethlehem star on top next to a sign with the inscription ” census in 2023″. (TV SCREEN)

The Santa Cruz Civic Committee, one of the promoters of the protest, allowed the population to go to the markets< for a few hours. /b> to get provisions.

The president of the civic entity, Rómulo Calvo, stated in a contact with journalists that “the strike continues” and that at this time it cannot be “loosened up”, so “other measures” are being analyzed to reinforce their claim.

The strike has gained new momentum since the possibility was opened for Parliament to approve a law that marks the date of registration and that sets September 2024as the moment of delivery of the final results so that, based on them, a distribution of resources and a new assignment of parliamentary seats can be made.

In the Chamber of Deputies there are at least five projects presented by the ruling party and the opposition related to the census, the discussion of which remains stalled in a parliamentary committee, prior to the debate in plenary.

Santa Cruz will maintain the strike until Congress approves a law that sets the date of the census

The president of the civic entity, Rómulo Calvo, stated in a contact with the journalists that “the strike continues” and that at this moment it cannot be “loosened up”, so “other measures” are being analyzed to reinforce their claim. (REUTERS)

In this process, the position of the ruling Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS), which has a majority in theLower House and the Senate and in which there are conflicting positions between those who consider that a law can help solve the conflict and those who say that a presidential decree is enough.

A few days ago the Bolivian president, Luis Arce, approved a decree that established that the census would take place on March 23, 2024, but the leaders of Santa Cruz claim that a law establish the final characteristics and conditions of the national survey.

Initially, the census was scheduled for November 16, but the government postponed it until 2024 under the argument of “technical problems” and the need to “depoliticize” the process.

According to the Government, the strike in Santa Cruz has caused a loss of 780 million dollars mainly affecting the agricultural sector of that department.

(With information from EFE)

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