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Clashes reported as Bolivian Indians stage protest

Thousands of Bolivian Indians led a massive protest in the capital of La Paz on Tuesday amid reports of clashes with the police.

Protesters filled nearly every street in the capital and blocked roads in the nearby city of El Alto, which is the base for many Indian leaders. The demonstrated led to skirmishes with the police although only injuries and some arrests have been reported.

The protesters are calling for the nationalization of the country's natural gas resources and for a rewrite of the constitution. They say corporations are getting rich while poor citizens, mostly Indians, receive little benefit.

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Protest go larger in Bolivia (The MercoPress 5/25)
Police, Marchers Clash in Bolivia (The Los Angeles Times 5/25)
Bolivia's President Vows To Stay Despite Protests (Reuters 5/24)

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