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Tear gas and anguish for disabled protesters in Bolivia

Friday, June 03, 2016 - 01:18

Bolivian police threw tear gas at disabled protesters and their allies on Friday as the group continues its demonstrations in an effort to gain greater state benefits. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Violent protests on the streets of La Paz Disabled protesters in Bolivia continue defiant demonstrations hoping for more benefits. Protesters have been camping outside government buildings in La Paz for just under a month -- they want help. Riot police walk past a disabled man who fell to the ground. A woman on the sidelines shouts: "Damned cowards!" Later the man is helped. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PROTESTER, FANNY, SAYING: "They are abusive. They have hit a person in the hand. They are kicking and then say they do not kick, that we are the aggressive ones. How can that be if some of us can't even move our feet? They are the ones who kick and throw gas. Right now they have gassed us." Protesters fight back with what they can -- frustrated by what they see as unfulfilled promises for help from President Evo Morales... feeling they have little left to lose, taking their fight to the streets.

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Tear gas and anguish for disabled protesters in Bolivia

Friday, June 03, 2016 - 01:18