In El Alto Bolivia many protestors are lining the streets and demonstrating why they do not want free trade opened up in their country. The article talks a little bit about how poor this town is and how in trading with the US, even in small amounts, has benefited them greatly. However there are still a few people who believe that opening up to free trade will chip away at Bolivia’s control of its natural gas and mineral reserves. Others say that free trade will simply lead to more instability in their country. There are also those people who are seeing the benefits of free trade, such as, many small businesses opening up which has also created thousands of new job openings.
By reading this article and knowing a little about free trade, it seems to me that the benefits definitely outweigh the costs, so why are these people protesting against it? Is it that they are afraid of change or do they really think it will hurt their country?