23 Aug '11, 12am

Native Protesters Walk 300 Miles To Stop Amazon Highway | Care2 Causes

Native Protesters Walk 300 Miles To Stop Amazon Highway | Care2 Causes

Frustrated with the Bolivian government’s approval of a 190-mile highway that will cut through the heart of the Isiboro-Secure Indigenous Territory and a wildlife preserve, hundreds of Amazonian Indians have begun a month-long protest march to protect the environment and their right to self-governance. More than 500 activists from a coalition of indigenous groups began a protest march in the Amazon city of Trinidad last week, reports Mongabay. The protestors plan to walk 310 miles from the lowlands to the Andean highlands of La Paz. President Evo Morales, claims to support indigenous rights and the protection of “Mother Earth,” but says that the road is essential for national integration and modernization. Earlier this year, Bolivia passed its own la Ley de Derechos de la Madre Tierra , or “Law of Mother Earth ,” as part of a complete restructuring of the Bolivian legal sy...

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