Morales slaps state of emergency on Bolivian region

Bolivia's President Evo Morales ordered emergency measures in one of five states where unrest against his rule has flared into violence, as the crisis engulfing his nation pulled in other Latin American countries and even the United States.

The country has effectively become polarized between the western Andean half where the indigenous majority -- from which Morales himself hails -- mostly live, and the more prosperous eastern lowlands, where an elite of European and mixed descent is pushing for autonomy and greater control over lucrative gas fields there.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The governments of Venezuela and Bolivia have not been to the liking of this administration for some time now, and if the US sees any way of (again) destabilizing the region to its benefit, it will do it in a heartbeat.

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