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Disabled Protesters Vs. Riot Police

These photos are unreal. A protest in Bolivia demanding rights for the disabled turned violent yesterday as hundreds of people in wheelchairs and crutches clashed with riot police.

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A group of disabled people march in a protest demanding state benefits and an end to discrimination as they journey to La Paz, Bolivia, Sunday Feb. 19, 2012. The group began their 560-mile march from Trinidad to La Paz on Nov. 15 to ask for a law that gives the disabled population special recognition and administers a yearly allowance of 3,000 bolivianos, or about 430 U.S. dollars.

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A disabled protester holds a sign reading ‘Evo wants a heliport, I want my rights’ (referring to Bolivian President Evo Morales).

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Physically disabled people are seen upon their arrival to La Paz, February 23, 2012.

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Riot police wait for protesters in the center of La Paz, February 23, 2012.

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A wheelchair-bound woman is helped after being affected by tear gas.

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A physically disabled man tries to block a police vehicle.

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A physically disabled man on his wheelchair reacts to tear gas.

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Gavon Laessig is a deputy news director and front page editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
 
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