In Bolivia, indigenous people and environmentalists protested Sunday against the government’s move to resurrect plans to build a controversial highway through indigenous territories and a national park in the Amazon. Opponents of the highway say it will further the deforestation of the Amazon and destroy the land and livelihoods of indigenous communities. On Sunday, Bolivian President Evo Morales signed into law the controversial legislation stripping a national park of its protected status, paving the way for the highway’s construction. This is indigenous leader Fernando Vargas.
Fernando Vargas: “Morales is going to enact a law today which will bury indigenous peoples, Bolivian people’s heritage. And he is also driving a dagger into Bolivians, because he is destroying the heritage that belongs to Bolivia, just like Nicolás Maduro does in Venezuela.”