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Bolivians Mobilize to Demand Sovereign Access to the Sea

"Bolivia was born with the sea and the sea will return with sovereignty," President Evo Morales said.  

March 10 marks the annual commemoration of the 2013 maritime lawsuit. The Bolivian government filed a lawsuit in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) demanding 400 kilometers of coastline and 120,000 square kilometers that were seized by Chile in 1879 during the Pacific War, which lasted until 1883.

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Bolivians organized a event called "Banderazo" to symbolize their request for reparations.
Bolivians organized a event called "Banderazo" to symbolize their request for reparations. Photo:Vice Presidency
President Evo Morales and Vice President Garcia Linera started the event with a traditional Bolivia breakfast.
President Evo Morales and Vice President Garcia Linera started the event with a traditional Bolivia breakfast. Photo:@evoespueblo
The flag of "reivindicación marítima," maritime vindication in English, reached the peak of Huayna Potosi.
The flag of "reivindicación marítima," maritime vindication in English, reached the peak of Huayna Potosi. Photo:@evoespueblo
Inter-religious ceremony. “May God, the Pachamama (mother nature), and our ancestors guide us in this path to return to the sea,” Evo said.
Inter-religious ceremony. “May God, the Pachamama (mother nature), and our ancestors guide us in this path to return to the sea,” Evo said. Photo:@evoespueblo
Thousand of  Bolivians participated.
Thousand of Bolivians participated. Photo:Vice Presidency
Evo helps to sew the flag.
Evo helps to sew the flag. Photo:@evoespueblo
Indigenous women also took part in the massive event.
Indigenous women also took part in the massive event. Photo:Vice Presidency
Students from the Oriental province of Santa Cruz show the "maritime vindication" flag.
Students from the Oriental province of Santa Cruz show the "maritime vindication" flag. Photo:Vice Presidency
Evo leaves an offering during the inter-religious ceremony.
Evo leaves an offering during the inter-religious ceremony. Photo:Vice Presidency
Published 10 March 2018
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