Santa Cruz de la Sierra

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Santa Cruz de la Sierra

(sän`tä kro͞os thā lä sēĕr`ä), city (1992 pop. 697,278), capital of Santa Cruz dept., central Bolivia, on the Piray River. A trade and processing center for sugar, rice, cotton, fruit, soy, and corn, it is of strategic and commercial importance because of its central location; there are also natural-gas reserves and an oil refinery nearby. Important industries are leather crafting, sugar refining, and alcohol production. A rail line gives the city access to both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Santa Cruz de la Sierra was founded in the 16th cent. and was an early Jesuit missionary center.
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5 million, the government of Bolivia has launched construction works for the expansion of the global section of the eastern city of Santa Cruz's Viru Viru airport, the country's largest.
But Hungarian Elod Toaso has told his terrorism trial the security worker survived the Santa Cruz hotel raid in 2009 and was likely executed at Viru Viru airport.
In October, federal troops tried to retake control of the Viru Viru airport in the departmental capital city of Santa Cruz after autonomist protesters seized control of the facility.
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In mid-October, the military struggled to wrest control of the country's most important airport, Viru Viru airport in Santa Cruz, from thousands of protestors who repeatedly took over the transport center.