Sunday, September 25, 2011

Bolivia's indigenous protest against highway project

Amazonian indigenous groups in Bolivia have staged massive protests for more than a week against a government highway project imposed on their land.

In an unusual tactic recently used to avoid violent police attempts to crush the protests, demonstrators forced David Choquehuanca, the country's foreign minister, to march against the project with them against his own will.

While the government says the road is being built because its needed for development, the natives fear an invasion of settlers and are struggling to maintain their nature preserve.

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