Bolivia: Indigenous March Arrives in La Paz

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Bolivia: Indigenous March Arrives in La Paz
By: Osmany González Tocabens, Prens Latina
19 October 2011
 

La Paz—Participants in an indigenous march, opposing a highway project in the Amazon area, arrived in the capital on Wednesday while the government of President Evo Morales seeks to dialogue with its leaders.

The protest left the city of Trinidad on Aug. 15 demanding the government to put an end to a highway project linking the towns of Villa Tunari (Cochabamba) and San Ignacio de Moxos (Beni).

The protesters, members of the Confederation of Indigenous Peoples of Eastern Bolivia (CIDOB), whose president is Adolfo Chavez, believe that highway will damage the Isiboro Secure National Park and Indigenous Territory (Tipnis).

The government, which ordered to stop the construction of the highway, and the legislative, which passed a prior consultation on the issue, indicated that the road would bring more development to the region and access to services such as health, communications and education.

On Tuesday, the government sent the marchers a letter, signed by President Evo Morales, proposing to hold talks in order to fulfill their demands.

Original article: http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=402255&Itemid=1

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