Bolivia: Solvency & Self-Respect

Bolivian tin miners are tough and violent men. Last month a gang of miners with a vague and perhaps imaginary grievance dragged a member of the legislature from his house, strapped a stick of dynamite to his body, and blasted him to bits. When his pregnant wife came running out of the house waving a white handkerchief, a miner shot her to death.

In view of the miners' propensity for violence, a lot of Bolivians expected trouble when, on Aug. 1, the government-owned tin corporation, Comibol, put into effect an announced plan to cut the work force at the Catavi tin...

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