November 7, 2003
It seems incredible that Bolivians, one of Latin America's poorest people, would topple a government because the country wanted to ship natural gas to North America, a plan that would generate billions of dollars in export revenues. Days of street fighting that left over 60 people dead forced Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada to quit as president and flee to the US. Opposition to gas exports was the trigger for an uprising that escalated into a battle against the government and its policies that few people believed would ease poverty or restart the stalled economy.
All quiet in La Paz, for now.
Carlos Mesa, Sánchez de Lo
Bolivians threw out a government over plans to export natural gas. Bolivia and other gas-rich Latin American countries risk forfeiting forever the North American market that is theirs to lose.