On Monday, August 15, more than 500 protesters from a range of indigenous groups began a march in the Amazon city of Trinidad to protest the newest addition of a road that would run straight through the Amazon Rainforest.
The new road between the highland city of Cochabamba and San Ignacio de Moxos in the Amazon lowlands would cut through the of Isiboro-Secure Indigenous Territory and National Park (TIPNIS), which is home to dozens of indigenous ethnic Bolivian tribes including the Chiman, Yurucare and Moxos Indians who live by hunting, fishing and farming in the rainforest.
Protesters claim that construction of the road will open up the territory for illegal settlement, deforestation, logging and harvesting of coca- the plant used to produce cocaine.
The third stretch of road that would connect Southern Brazilian Amazon with ports on the Pacific coasts of Peru and Chile is already under construction, but natives are doing all they can to halt it saying that the government failed to protect its people, their livelihood and their surrounding territories.
The protesters plan to walk all the way to La Paz - Bolivia's main city in the Andean highlands - a 500km (310 mile) journey they expect will take a month to complete.