The Bolivia Reader: History, Culture, Politics
Standoff in the Beni
Communications Committee of the Eighth Indigenous March, Alison Spedding, 2018. "Standoff in the Beni", The Bolivia Reader: History, Culture, Politics, Sinclair Thomson, Rossana Barragán, Xavier Albó, Seemin Qayum, Mark Goodale
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In August 2011, lowland indigenous organizations set off on a new march to protest the government’s plan to build a highway through the Isiboro-Sécure Indigenous Territory and National Park (tipnis). It was a fraught moment—President Evo Morales had declared the road would go through regardless of local indigenous opposition, indigenous groups insisted on their constitutional right to be consulted before any such project could be undertaken, and coca-growing settlers who had migrated into the tipnis and were now allies of the government mounted a blockade in the town of Yucumo (Beni) to stop the indigenous march. The following...