Protest in Bolivia – level 2
150 activists made a 370-kilometre trek to La Paz. They protested in front of the presidential palace. After police stopped them, they tried to break through a gate. The police used pepper spray and tear gas on them.
This was a protest by disabled Bolivians. They were demanding an increase in their benefits. They currently receive just under 100 pounds a year, but they want to receive around 50 pounds a month instead.
Some of the protesters hang themselves from bridges or do other extreme things – all to raise awareness of their difficult situation.
The government says that extra help is not possible and that a monthly bonus of 50 pounds is not possible. However, it wants to enter talks with the protesters.
Difficult words: demand (to ask for), benefit (money from the government), raise awareness (to tell people about).
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