Bolivia's president, Evo Morales has faced protests by the indigenous population, many of whom form his support base (photo: dpa)

Amazon highway to the Pacific takes another new turn

Both Peru and Bolivia have been caught up in the controversy over the construction of a road which, because of its planned route through pristine Amazon rainforest, has provoked strong opposition from parts of the populations. Peru’s president, Ollanta Humala, was against the project while in opposition, but is now in favour. Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, has also had his mind changed – twice – and has now given the project the go-ahead.

A MAJOR highway to link Brazil to the Pacific and cut through the Amazon Forest has been, for generations, part of the geopolitical strategy for the hemisphere’s development.

The current proj...

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Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin
The row has provoked sometimes violent clashes between demonstrators and security forces on the streets of Bolivia and Peru
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