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Bolivia: Indigenous protesters affected by wildfires march to Santa Cruz to demand action02:55

Bolivia: Indigenous protesters affected by wildfires march to Santa Cruz to demand action

Bolivia, Plurinational State of, Santa Cruz
October 17, 2019 at 10:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of people from a Bolivian indigenous group marching from the Chiquitanía region reached the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra on Wednesday. They are taking part in the protest to demand action from president Evo Morales to deal with massive wildfires in their area.

"The forest is wounded. It needs time and care to regenerate, to heal and restore life and balance, but there are also those who want to take advantage to open his body and suck him to the marrows. That is why we demand from the government a declaration of ecological pause aimed at stopping the aggression against the forest and allow its regeneration", said the group's spokesperson Orlando Socore at a vigil held in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Lawrence.

Demonstrators urge Morales to declare a nationwide state of emergency after blazes destroyed large areas of forest. The president has been reluctant to agree to the demand.

Morales has been campaigning for a fourth consecutive term as Bolivia votes in a general election on October 20. Polls suggest his handling of the fires could force him to face a run-off.

Bolivia: Indigenous protesters affected by wildfires march to Santa Cruz to demand action02:55
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Hundreds of people from a Bolivian indigenous group marching from the Chiquitanía region reached the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra on Wednesday. They are taking part in the protest to demand action from president Evo Morales to deal with massive wildfires in their area.

"The forest is wounded. It needs time and care to regenerate, to heal and restore life and balance, but there are also those who want to take advantage to open his body and suck him to the marrows. That is why we demand from the government a declaration of ecological pause aimed at stopping the aggression against the forest and allow its regeneration", said the group's spokesperson Orlando Socore at a vigil held in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Lawrence.

Demonstrators urge Morales to declare a nationwide state of emergency after blazes destroyed large areas of forest. The president has been reluctant to agree to the demand.

Morales has been campaigning for a fourth consecutive term as Bolivia votes in a general election on October 20. Polls suggest his handling of the fires could force him to face a run-off.

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