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Bolivia troops swap guns for butter as called in to bake during strike

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 00:56

Barracks become makeshift bakeries in Bolivia as soldiers step in to produce thousands of bread rolls after bakers in La Paz go on strike. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Soldiers become bakers in Bolivia as they step in to cover shortages while bakers are on a 48-hour strike in protest over government cuts to wheat subsidies. Troops have been assigned the task of baking tens of thousands of bread rolls to cover reported shortages. They are using baking facilities in barracks which they already use in their mess halls but are stepping up production to cover demand. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MILITARY POLICE LIEUTENANT COLONEL, LUIS ALBERTO TORREJON, SAYING: "The armed forces contribute in moments of crisis..so that is why we're making bread --because of the bakers' strike." President Evo Morales has ruled out conceding to the subsidy demands from the bakers, with vendors bracing for an extended dispute -- which may mean more time in the kitchen for these troops.

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Bolivia troops swap guns for butter as called in to bake during strike

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 00:56