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Cochobamba - Sucre - La Paz

semi-overcast 18 °C

Bolivia has been choc full of protests and demos - it seems that the people here like a good march to effectively communicate their views. I´ve seen: union protests outside an airport, through La Paz and two tent cities outside a government building in Sucre; school children marching about the importance of water in Sucre and the anniversary of the school in Nazca and Cuzco; and most spectacularly of all 1,000 campesinos and indigenious lowland people marching for over 2 months to La Paz from the Amazon Basin to protest at a Brazilian-funded road proposed through their jungle.

There is vocal support for and against the road and it has divided the country so much so that the low turnout and spoiled ballots for the national judicial elections is explained as a protest vote against the road. I was priviledged to see the people arrive in La Paz yesterday hot and tired to a ticker tape welcome in La Paz and they are rumoured to have persuaded to President to delay the road building. Viva gentes Bolivian!

Posted by AlisonLeahy 09:28 Archived in Bolivia

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