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Tue May 29, 2012, 11:28 AM

Bolivians start second 'long march' against road plan


Hundreds of indigenous Bolivians have started a second long march in protest at government plans to build a road through the Tipnis national park.

They say the project would destroy their homeland in the Amazon forest. A similar march last year led President Evo Morales to cancel the project.

But after coming under pressure from supporters of the highway, President Morales has signed new legislation giving all communities inside the park a vote on whether they want the road.

He says days of separate demonstrations from students, doctors, miners and teachers have at times paralysed La Paz, and posed a challenge to the authorities.

It was stated here during the first march that someone (USAID) must be funding the marchers because indigenous people are too poor to sustain themselves for a long march.

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