Photo: Bolivian Indians Descend on La Paz in Protest
As 2,000 or more Amazonian Indians made their way through Bolivia to the capital of La Paz to meet with President Evo Morales on a controversial highway, he announced he was scraping the whole project.
The plan was to build a super highway right through the Isiboro Secure National Park, which is an ecological reserve where many indigenous people live. Morales not only canceled the project he declared the area “untouchable”. This designation will help local authorities remove any non-natives that enter the area and protect the area from additional mining and logging.
As the Indians made their way on their 370 mile trek they gained supporters and international attention to their cause and simple way of life. They started walking in August and only this week were setting up camp near the presidential palace.
Regardless of this major victory the Indians still want to meet with the President to be assured of his decision and to discuss other incursions into native lands in Bolivia.