Protesters, many in wheelchairs, battled with riot police on the streets of La Paz. Subtitled Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Bolivian police, protesters clash over disability pay
SUBTITLED ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION)
Riot police and protesters face off in La Paz, Bolivia.
The group includes 150 disabled people and their families.
They trekked across the country to pressure the government to increase their state benefits.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PROTESTER, PATRICIA SALAZAR, SAYING:
“We’ve come here peacefully as people with disabilities, but unfortunately the police used dirty water on us which has made our clothes, supplies and personal items wet.”
The government currently pays a 1,000 boliviano ($144 USD) stipend annually.
The protesters propose a monthly payment of 500 bolivianos ($72 USD).
The Bolivian government has rejected the pay increase.