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One long march later, Bolivia’s indigenous people score major victory

  • cause Evo Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous leader, backed building a major road to link Brazil with the Pacific Ocean, it’d go through the Isiboro-Secure Indigenous Territory National Park.
  • reaction The highway proved very controversial to many indigenous people; some protesters walked hundreds of miles to the country’s capitol, La Paz — a two-month trek that galvanized opposition.
  • result On Wednesday, they completed their trek; on Friday, Morales promised that the bridge, which will still get built, will not cut through the reserve as originally planned. source

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October 23, 2011 // 20:40 // 2 years ago
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  2. pol102 said: Two comments: I wouldn’t call it a “bridge” and the marchers were also heavily assaulted by national police during their march. That last fact is significant, since it reduced Morales’s standing at home and abroad.
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    About damn time.
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