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By Verónica Aguilar (Mixtec, CS Staff)

The Katari River in Bolivia runs 90 kilometers and empties into Lake Titicaca at the point where Tiquipa, an Aymara settlement, is located. Due to its location in the Chojasivi Canton, Los Andes Province, and at an altitude of 3,800 meters above sea level, this community protects one of the most important ecosystems in the region. However, pollution of their river and lake has created an environmental emergency.


Cultural Survival condena el uso de fuerza excesiva, violenta, tras la renuncia forzada del presidente boliviano Evo Morales (Aymara), el primer presidente Indígena del país, después de 10 días de protesta pública.

Morales huyó a México luego de denuncias de fraude electoral por parte de la Organización de Estados Americanos. Las protestas posteriores han dejado hasta el momento a 23 personas muertas, más de 100 heridos y varios encarcelados en diferentes partes del país.

Cultural Survival condemns the use of excessive force and violence in the aftermath of the forced resignation of Bolivian President Evo Morales (Aymara), the country’s first Indigenous president, after 10 days of public protest.

Morales fled to Mexico after allegations of election fraud from the Organization of American States. Subsequent protests have so far left 23 people dead, more than 100 injured and multiple incarcerated in different parts of the country.

By Anna Hernandez

When Bolivia passed the Law for the Defense of Mother Earth in December 2010, those behind the law, Indigenous leaders, conservationists, and the president were looking to the future. The law would be presented in the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in April in Cochabamba, Bolivia and would go on to become the Universal Declaration for the Rights of Mother Earth, which was taken to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meetings in 2011.

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