Bolivia riots over tax law

1 April 2003

In Bolivia riots continued into February over measures taken to resume IMF assistance. The country was declared ‘off-track’ last year for failing to pass a tax code. An income tax rise announced as part of a package to reduce the public deficit was met by clashes which left more than thirty dead. The government then backed down and the IMF stated they had reached an agreement on “a balanced set of fiscal measures, a phased reduction in the government deficit, and greater social safety net support”, while the government announced a social dialogue to design a “participative budget”.

IMF at source of riots say activists

States of unrest II, WDM