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  • 100 days ago, a group of people left from Eastern Bolivia in search of a better life. They had asked the government for $400 in yearly assistance, because as "discapacitados" they had few options in country that is distinctly unfriendly to the differently-abled.

    The government said no. And kept saying no. Their counter-offer was $100 a year.

    A week ago, the government announced that on top of the national satellite, presidential plane, presidential air terminal, they would also spend millions on a "People's Palace" that no one really thought necessary.

    And the whole country sat in wonder, while they watched the slow progress of wheelchairs, cars, canes, and crutches move 1,000 km to the capitol, La Paz.

    When the march arrived, they asked to meet with the President in the main square, but were met instead with tear gas, pepper spray, and tasers. One went into an epileptic seizure due to the spray. The mother refused to move her son, however, saying it was better to die there, for a cause, than a slow death at home.

    This man couldn't afford a wheelchair, and so rode along in a wheelbarrow. His sign says it is unjust to spend millions on a plane, and only offer him $100.

    A wheelbarrow.
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