Bolivia's President Evo Morales announced the nationalization of the Posokoni tin deposit and called on its miners to become strategic allies in the process.
During a ceremony at Government Palace, Morales promulgated the law that nationalizes the tin deposit located in southwest Oruro province, according to news releases from La Paz, Bolivia's administrative capital.
"So far the government has fulfilled (its promises) and Posokoni hill is now nationalized," Morales said.
"We know a supreme decree was not enough, however, I believe some deputies presenting unconstitutional demands will continue trying to reject this nationalization," Morales said.
Morales told the miners "you have to be in the vanguard to defend this law" against legislators who seek to annul the nationalization.
"We want to have revolutionary miners but in the past days we have regretfully seen leaders controlled by the neoliberal parties that are lying to the miners," Morales said.
In October 2006, the Pokosoni tin deposit registered 16 deaths due to violent confrontations between Bolivia's Mining Corporation and cooperative members.
The promulgation had been planned for Monday night at Palacio Quemado (Government Palace), but the act was delayed until Tuesday because a miner had tried to enter with dynamite.
The miner was arrested, although he denied he was going to carry out any kind of attack.
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