Bolivian police fire a water cannon at activists taking part in an ongoing protest for greater state benefits for the disabled. Nathan Frandino reports.
Police are facing off against disabled protesters in Bolivia, where the group is demanding greater state subsidies. The face-off escalated when police began spraying the protesters, even knocking some wheelchair-bound individuals to the ground. Many of the protesters have been camped out in front of government buildings for almost a month and say they'll remain there as long as it takes. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LEADER OF GROUP OF DISABLED PROTESTERS, ROSEMARY, SAYING: "We have been in the streets so long. We have been here sleeping, and they throw water on us. You want to kill us, Evo (Morales)? We are Bolivian, if you like it or not, you must take us into account as we are, with disabilities. We have rights, and that is what we are asking for." The protesters are demanding an increase from their current yearly stipend of $144 dollars to a monthly $72 benefit. The government has rejected the increase, but has expressed a willingness to dialogue. Protesters say President Evo Morales promised greater assistance before taking office, but has yet to deliver.