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June 09, 2005
Amy writes:

After the quiet that was yesterday, we all had our fingers crossed that maybe it was... over?

Some people in our hostel have this crazy idea that it's fun to be stuck in this situation. If someone was paying me, fair enough. If I was working, fair enough. But as a bystander, no thankyou. I'm supposed to be on holiday, not trying to dodge tear gas!

The dynamite explosions to rally the protesters started up again before midday with more intensity and ferocity than before, so we had no choice but to hole up in our hostel. With nothing else to do, I decided to pass some time online. This was fine until all the computers, hovers etc. in our hostel were suddenly cut off, sparking a panic of a city-wide power cut - something that the protesters had been threatening since all the trouble began. After half an hour of thinking we'd have to start living on chocolate and bananas, we got a report from a fellow guest that it was just our block that had no power. Relief all round and we celebrated with a game of cards.

To be honest, I'm still clinging to the vague hope we can leave on Saturday (the agency still haven't confirmed our flight) or that the British Embassy will rescue us if it gets any worse.

From what we've seen in the centre and gringo district, the atmosphere is a lot calmer than it was on Tuesday. We haven't smelt a whiff of tear gas and while many people are congregating in the squares, we haven't seen any marches outside the square, violence or further ripping up of the roads.

While we see some taxis and buses trying to drum up business in the early mornings, the rest of the day the streets are free of cars because of fear that they might get stoned. Even the taxi that brought us from the airport had a big crack across his windscreen after he was ambushed.

Protesters are making speeches along the main avenue but there seems to be a lot less people gathering there than earlier this week. Police presence is concentrated to government buildings and the main squares, and appears minimal elsewhere. Police aren't very popular at the moment so they're trying to stick together.

In Sucre, Congress are meeting today to decide the fate of President Mesa - is he allowed to resign or not? Not that any of this matters to the protesters, getting Mesa out of office doesn't help their cause. It's just a temporary distraction for the government.

Other news: the only time I ventured out today, I had some horrible squat Bolivian man say something rude and blow me a kiss. Urgh! The funny thing is, it's so cold here that I reckon he could only see from my eyebrows to my nose - I'm so wrapped up!

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6 Comments:

  • Hi guys,
    The Bolivia thing sounds mad - those Bolivians seem to be v passionate people. Keeping my fingers crossed that you get your flight to Peru, where I can assure you the people are pretty calm and the police are tear-gas free...
    Stay safe
    luv
    Emily
    X

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:27 AM  

  • sounds like you need a snood amy.. hope you remembered to pack one.
    xx

    By Blogger The Berg, at 11:37 AM  

  • Within minutes of you logging in Amy, fansites are already posting screenshots. Nice to see you back where you rocked...

    Matty xxx

    By Blogger Matteh, at 8:47 PM  

  • Amy :( Hope you're alright. Let me know whats happening, keep me updated. Hope you've managed to escape, or are going to soon!! Wish you all the best.

    luv ali x

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