Cocaleros across Bolivia chew coca in protest and defense of traditional uses of plant

Posted on March 12, 2012 • Filed under: Bolivia, Conflicts, Culture, Latin America Indigenous Issues

Hundreds of farmers gathered in the streets in cities across the country on Monday and proceeded to chew coca in coincidence with the intervention of President Evo Morales early in Vienna before the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, United Nations. defended the traditional uses of this plant. Farmers camped in squares of La Paz, Cochabamba, Sucre and other cities along with the chewing of coca medicinal and nutritional products exhibited whose production is based on that sheet and some of which exhibited Morales in his speech to the UN Commission. “We want to show that coca is not cocaine, is good for health,” said Ortiz Nemesia a coca north of La Paz where the planting of the leaf is legal. Read Article

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