These effigy's (A Warning to thieves) - are the first things that greet you as you leave the airport in El Alto, to make the 1000 meter descent to Downtown La Paz, Bolivia.
Of course, Latin America in general is known to be a little edgy, shall we say but Bolivia at times can resemble Britain in the early 70's, prone to; strikes, three day weeks, power cuts and general disruption due to running battles between the politically active unions and the current Socialist government which is seeking an unprecedented third term in power. Of course being South America it doesn't try and hide it's intentions, these guy's mean business!
|People crowd the news stands to see what is happening re the Teachers Union march in La Paz - Tuesday 21 May 2013.|
|Teachers march in La Paz, Bolivia.|
Although the march went ahead without any real trouble, the relative quiet in the main square and surrounding streets, the heavy duty police and military presence and the occasional sound of gunshots ringing out across the city certainly made my walking tour of the city a slightly surreal experience!
|Police barricades block the entrance to Plaza Murillo|
|Once inside the barricades things are a little more relaxed|
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