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Bolivia- From the ground

Bolivia is the most Latin-American country in the world. Condemned for its mineral and gas richness it holds one of the highest poverty rates in the continent. In the last centuries it combined the economic domination of foreign companies with a rough resistance of the indigenous people: Aymaras and Quechuas represent a 85% of the total population, nevertheless until a few years ago Bolivia had a white president who was educated in the United States. He could hardly speak Spanish. Since February 2003 we, the photographers of Sub.Coop, have registered these dualities; following  the social revolt process that reached its climax with the resignation of the «gringo» Sanchez de Losada and the arise of the first indigenous president Evo Morales. Our aim is to tell this story, but in our own way.  Far  from the great events and celebrities and trying to focus on  the faces of the silent protagonists of a transformation for which hundreds of cocaleros, peasants and miners have given their lives. We have registered life scenes from a country where the wonderful threatens to become daily.

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Welcome to Boliva. Mine workers cooperative in Potosí.

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Pipeline across the Chapare rainforest.

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A bus transporting coca waits at a police checkpoint.

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Evo Morales drives his car across the road block after Sanchez de Losada’s resignation.

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Aymara demonstrator faces police. January 21th, 2005, in Tiwanaku

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Armed with the rifle Mauser that they have since 1952 during the agrarian reform, the municipality is trying to legalize the target shooting as a sport to make the practice legal.

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Blocking a road in Tarija October 17th 2003, the day before Sanchez de Losada’s resignation, during the riot called «The gas war».

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Coca leaf. Chapare.

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Miners at the entrance of the mine: it is said that their lack of fear has made them the main characters of the countless rebellions that have occurred in the country.

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Huanuni Mines

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Road blockade just before president Sánchez de Losada´s resignation.

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Rural rally in Chapare, Cochabamba Tropic, demanding president Sánchez de Losada´s resignation. October 2003.

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Panoramic view of La Paz from a bus arriving to El Alto.

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A man is waiting to be received by mayor Eugenio Rojas in Achacachi.

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A peasant carrying his few belongings in an aguayo tied on his back in Tarija.

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MAS activists in Chiripi.

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Evo Morales take the power at ancient sacred city of Tiwanaku.

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La paz by night

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