Protesters in the Bolivian city of La Paz clashed with police over the closure of the country's largest state-run textile company, Enatex. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Anguish and unrest on the streets of La Paz Clashes between protesters and police erupt in the capital-- after Bolivia shuts down the country's largest state run textile company. More than 800 people lost their jobs. The factory struggled after Bolivia lost its U.S. market share following President Evo Morales' expulsion of the U.S. ambassador in 2008. The company fell into debt. Morales's administration bought the factory to save it from bankruptcy in 2012, creating a new company called Enatex. Now former Enatex worker Olga Sullka is blaming Morales SOUNDBITE (Spanish) FORMER ENATEX WORKER, OLGA SULLKA, SAYING: "Where is the work President Evo Morales has spoken so much about? Where is he now? He was one of the people and what is he doing to us now? He is killing us!" She says she has nothing more to lose. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) FORMER ENATEX WORKER, OLGA SULLKA, SAYING: "I am willing to give my life to repeal and annul this decree! I will give my life! I am already in bad health." The demonstrators lit fires along the road-- as workers from dozens of other companies in the area went on a 48 hour strike demanding a response from the government.