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In pictures: Bolivian protests
Coca-growers with Bolivian flags demonstrate in La Paz
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Bolivia's political capital La Paz has been hit by protests demanding the nationalisation of the energy industry.
Aymara peasant
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Many of the protesters are indigenous people from poorer highland areas.
Teachers block roads with stones
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Protesters blocked roads with stones as they marched towards the city centre.
Protester shouts slogans behind bonfire
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The demonstrators, who include teachers, students and miners, also used bonfires as barricades.
Police armed with tear gas
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The latest protests have been mostly peaceful, but police are ready to use tear gas.
Protesters in La Paz behind banner
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President Carlos Mesa has accused the protesters of preventing Congress from discussing autonomy for wealthier eastern regions of the country.
Che Guevara banner
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The president says groups behind the protest are trying to destabilise the country.
Graffiti saying President Mesa is a traitor
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But many feel Mr Mesa has betrayed them by giving too much ground to multinational energy companies.



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