LA PAZ – Several hundred disabled people arrived on Monday in La Paz after spending more than a month on the road on a journey from central Bolivia to demand a monthly bonus of about $72, which, if granted, would multiply their individual annual incomes sixfold.
March spokesman Cesar Ugarte told EFE that the participants would try to finish their route at the Government Palace, although the Plaza Murillo, where the building is located, has been closed to the public.
Ugarte said the marchers requested a meeting with President Evo Morales to discuss their demands.
“The ministers do not want to solve this problem,” Ugarte said, adding that he asked for a dialogue with high-level officials.
On March 21, about 100 people with different types and degrees of disabilities began the march in the city of Cochabamba, located 383 kilometers (237 miles) from La Paz.
The protesters made their way to the capital in wheelchairs or using crutches.
During their journey to the capital, the march gained new participants and, according to Ugarte, there are now about 480 people marching to demand an improvement in payments from the government.