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LatinNews Daily - 01 October 2021

Main Briefing
On 30 September a group of around 500 indigenous protesters completed a 37-day march to the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz department), where their arrival was used by the political opposition to try and fracture a key support base of the left-wing Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) government...
Andean
* Colombia’s national statistics department (Dane) has published employment figures for August, which show that the unemployment rate for that month stood at 12.3% (3.1m people)...
Brazil
On 30 September, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro once again blamed state governors for rising fuel prices in the country...
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released the latest unemployment figures, which show that the unemployment rate has fallen to 13.7% in the rolling quarter ending in July...
Central America & Caribbean
On 30 September anti-government protesters took to the streets in El Salvador’s capital San Salvador...
* El Salvador’s Finance Minister Alejandro Zelaya has unveiled the government’s proposed budget for 2022 which is for US$7.97bn, up US$400m on the 2021 budget...
Mexico
On 30 September the attorney general’s office for the southern Mexican state of Guerrero announced that it was investigating the murder of four men, whose bodies were found in a car left outside the campaign headquarters of the new mayor of the municipality of Iguala...
* Mexico’s central bank (Banxico) has raised its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points to 4.75%, following increases of the same amount in August and June...
Southern Cone
On 30 September, amid violent clashes between police and protesters in Asunción, Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo Benítez signed into law a controversial new bill which raises the penalties for land seizures to up to ten years’ imprisonment...
* Argentina’s national statistics institute (Indec) has released its latest report on urban poverty and destitution, which shows that the poverty rate in the first six months of 2021 had fallen by 0.3 percentage points year-on-year...

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