Wednesday, September 28, 2011
BOLIVIA SUSPENDS AMAZON ROAD PLANS AFTER INDIANS AND POLICE CLASH
Police blockade road in Bolivia preventing Indian protesters' route to La Paz
Survival International reports, "Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has suspended plans to build a major highway through indigenous peoples’ land in the Amazon rainforest. His decision follows a 40-day protest march, which was brought to an abrupt halt on Sunday, when police used tear gas and truncheons to dispel 1,000 protesters."
Several government ministers have resigned as more protests erupt. There is an
AVAAZ petition gathering 500,000 signatures in support the indigenous people.
More news and analysis here and here.