Following protests, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales announced, earlier this month, that plans for a road project going through a reserve in the Amazon rainforest – rich in energy, timber and other resources – will be set aside.
The plans were for a highway through the Isiboro Secure Indigenous Territory and National Park – known by its Spanish acronym Tipnis.
Funded by Brazil and built by a Brazilian company, the road would have connected with the Chilean port city of Arica, allowing Brazil to export food and minerals to China.
The protesters said the project would encourage illegal settlement and deforestation in their rainforest homeland.
Just after Christmas he also dropped a plan to increase petrol prices. Once again he said that he was “governing by obeying the people” – civilised governance.