Shocking scenes at disabled protest in Bolivia

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By Catherine Hardy
Shocking scenes at disabled protest in Bolivia

There have been shocking scenes at the end of a demonstration in Bolivia as disabled people clashed with riot police.

We have been gassed repeatedly, this time it is really bad

Tear gas was let off as the protesters, some on crutches or in wheelchairs, advanced down the street in the city of La Paz.

Some protesters were knocked to the ground.

“Some of the disabled people have been injured during the protest,” said one protester. “We have been gassed repeatedly. This time it is really bad, I have been sprayed in the face,” one protester told reporters.

A face-off in the street

The protesters tried to stand their ground as the police advanced down the street.

Campaigners are demanding better state benefits and equal rights for people with disabilities.