Dramatic clashes erupt in La Paz as indigenous protesters face off with police over a political scandal. No reporter narration.
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Dramatic scenes played out in the streets of La Paz on Sunday (September 17) after indigenous protesters faced off with police amid public anger over a local mayor accused of corruption. Protesters from the western town of Achacachi had been blockading a road in La Paz when police moved in to clear the crowd. The indigenous protesters accused authorities of using heavy-handed tactics on them, including rubber bullets and tear gas. "They (authorities) are sending more police. We are with our children, my child had to go down to the ground to escape the gas. Journalists, look at what they are doing to us, you can all see it. We are not animals, they (police) are coming down and hitting us. They have gassed us, they have shot at us with rubber bullets and we now have injuries", said one Achacachi farmer. But authorities said the demonstration was not peaceful, accusing protesters of using firearms. Indigenous protesters have accused President Evo Morales of protecting the mayor of Achacachi, Edgar Ramos, who is reportedly a political ally of the leftist leader.