Bolivia: Cochabamba streets flooded with waste as residents protest quarantine measures

21 мая 2020 г. 15:01

Piles of waste were accumulated in containers and on the streets of Cochabamba’s K’ara K’ara neighbourhood on Wednesday, as a group of residents are blocking access to the garbage dump in protest of quarantine measures. According to local media, for the past 10 days, a group of residents has been preventing waste collection and demanding the relaxation of the quarantine imposed by the government in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Passers-by and shopkeepers in the area fear for their health as the city fills up with waste. «The garbage is unbearable, as you can see it is a tremendous source of infection,» said Diego Espinosa, a local merchant. «This garbage we can't stand [it] anymore, it's stronger every day, there are buses, there are old ladies, this smell is very strong,» explained Martha Zambrana, another merchant. The municipality's mayor's office reported that between 500 and 600 tons of waste accumulate daily and cannot be transferred to the dump. According to local sources, two councilmen have filed a formal complaint with the Attorney General's Office against the organisers of these blockades as they consider them a crime against public health.

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