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Bolivian road project through Amazon reserve canceled via @mongabay

Following violent crackdown against protestors, Bolivia puts Amazon road project on ice (09/27/2011) After a police crackdown against indigenous activists, Bolivian President Evo Morales has suspended a large highway project through the Amazon rainforest. The police reaction—which included tear gas, rounding up protestors en masse, and allegations of violence—resulted in several officials stepping down in protest of the government's handling. Some indigenous people marched 310 miles (498 kilometers) from the Amazon to La Paz to show solidarity against the road, saying they had not been consulted and the project would destroy vast areas of biodiverse rainforest. Indigenous protestors embark on 300-mile walk to protest Amazon road in Bolivia (08/21/2011) Indigenous protesters are targeting a new road in the Bolivian Amazon, reports the BBC. The 190-mile highway under constru...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/1023-hance_bolivia_road.html

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