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In pictures: Bolivian protest history
President Mesa waves to supporters in La Paz
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Bolivian President Carlos Mesa has tendered his resignation, saying he has had enough following protests which he feels have blighted his rule.
Riots in October 2003
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Demonstrations against plans to export gas via Chile put Mr Mesa in power in the first place, after forcing the departure of President Sanchez de Lozada in October 2003.
Cooking on a fire in El Alto
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Many people hoped then that the protests would lead to changes to make fuel more accessible to the poor.
Protesters in La Paz in 2004
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But Mr Mesa revived the export plan the next year, prompting more protests and forcing a referendum on state ownership.
Demonstration in Santa Cruz
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In January 2005, rising fuel prices led to calls for autonomy in Santa Cruz, Bolivia's largest and wealthiest city.
Demonstrators carry away woman affected by tear gas in El Alto in protest against French water consortium
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More recently, rallies focused on efforts to expel a subsidiary of the French waterworks company Suez.
Mesa supporters gather in La Paz to urge him not to resign
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But Mr Mesa retains significant popular support, and thousands have gathered to urge him to stay.



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