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Fuel run
  Fuel run, 1997
One of Bolivia's greatest resources is natural gas. The national government refines petroleum in El Alto and sells propane to residents for cooking fuel. Ordinarily trucks like this one drive through the city streets blasting their air-horns to notify residents to come out and trade their empty tanks for full ones. However, this photo was taken the day after the government raised fuel prices nationwide, creating a run and subsequent shortage throughout the city. Scared that the price may continue to rise, residents wait to purchase fuel while a policeman observes the transactions; preventing citizens upset with the surge in fuel prices from taking their frustration out on the vendors.
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