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Activists participate in a global protest on climate change, in La Paz, Bolivia, Sept. 27, 2019 Activists participate in a global protest on climate change, in La Paz, Bolivia, Sept. 27, 2019 (AP photo by Juan Karita).

Why Bolivia’s Wildfires Are Raising the Heat on Evo Morales

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019

When wildfires started raging out of control in the Amazon in September, the entire world took notice of Brazil and the refusal of its far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, to accept international assistance to put out the blazes. But a similar disaster may end up having a greater political impact in neighboring Bolivia, where fires have consumed some 10 million acres in the past few months. Socialist President Evo Morales’ tepid response has infuriated Bolivians, just days before a controversial presidential election.

The magnitude of the anger became palpable Friday, when Bolivians turned out in huge numbers to protest against Morales’ refusal to designate the fires a national disaster, in order to ease the arrival of foreign assistance. ...

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