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A soccer team from Jujuy was stranded in the middle of a protest in Bolivia

The boys traveled to Bolivia to participate in the International Patajú Cup 2022
The boys traveled to Bolivia to participate in the International Patajú Cup 2022

A soccer team with 30 boys and teenagers from Jujuy traveled to Bolivia to compete in an international soccer tournament. However, their objective was interrupted after they were stranded in the neighboring country due to a conflict between social and political sectors. Fortunately, and after agreeing with the police, they managed to start the trip back to Argentina.

“We had a meeting and we were able to agree on the return to Jujuy. We leave in an hour and a half ”, was read in one of the WhatsApp groups of parents who were aware of the status of their children. With those words, coach Hugo Manzur moved calm to the families, according to local media reports.

As detailed by the professor, the police will escort the group to the city of Camiri, where they will have to pass another blockade and so on pass the rest until they reach the border.

A delegation of soccer players from Jujuy who were going to compete in a tournament were stranded in Bolivia
A delegation of soccer players from Jujuy who were going to compete in a tournament were stranded in Bolivia

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while in bolivia roadblocks continued for an indefinite period, the Government of Jujuy began negotiations with the opposing sectors and the Foreign Ministry to achieve the return of the group to the province.

“The boys are fine, they are not in conflict risk areas, they are eating, later they have soccer practice and accommodation has been guaranteed for the night in case they are still there,” the Secretary for Regional Integration had warned. and International Relations of Jujuy, Pablo Palomares, in a message that sought to calm families.

In the same vein, it was reported that the 30 boys are accompanied by some parents, guardians and coaches. Although, since yesterday, they could not move from the place, like many trucks, due to the blockages that were in the different communication routes.

The roadblock that allowed us to advance is located at the height of the town of Pedro Lorenzo, 20 kilometers from Santa Cruz de la Sierra
The roadblock that allowed us to advance is located at the height of the town of Pedro Lorenzo, 20 kilometers from Santa Cruz de la Sierra

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The main obstacle to reaching their destination was located at the height of the town of Pedro Lorenzo, 20 kilometers from Santa Cruz de la Sierraso yesterday the whole group had to stay inside the vehicle.

Palomares also referred to the efforts they made to solve the problem and provide a way out for young people: “It was a problem that exceeded everything, we not only spoke with our representative in Bolivia but also with the Argentine Foreign Ministry. We even tried to talk to all the sectors to get a safe-conduct that allows them to return.”

The boys had traveled to Bolivia to participate in the 2022 International Patajú Cup that began to be played yesterday in the Bolivian town of Trinidad (in the Beni department) but they could not reach their destination.

For his part, the Secretary explained which sectors were protesting and the reasons why: “It was a fight between the ruling party and the opposition. Sectors not related to the Bolivian government initiated a forceful measure and the response to this measure was to directly blockade the city. The cuts had paralyzed many departments in Bolivia.”

The strike had been called by the powerful Civic Committee -which is against the government of President Luis Arce- and by the opposition governor Luis Fernando Camacho, who blamed the president for postponing until 2024 the census that was to be carried out in November of this year.

Meanwhile, the mother of one of the boys, Laura Tarifa, assured that there was already a commitment on the part of the provincial authorities to solve the problem and for the group to return. “The responsibility here was international,” she said in relation to the organizers of the sporting event and clarified that “neither the teachers nor the parents were irresponsible for sending the children to compete, they were representing Argentina.”

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