“You gotta fight, for your right…”Posted: February 5, 2013
I still find this picture amazing, and insane [click to enlarge]:
This image was on The Atlantic’s list of best photographs of 2012.
It is of a physically disabled woman clashing with riot police in the centre of La Paz, Bolivia, on February 23, 2012. Hundreds of physically disabled people arrived in La Paz after completing a protest march of some 1,600 km (994 mi) over a hundred days to demand that Bolivia’s government offer support in the form of 3000 bolivianos ($434) payment to each physically disabled Bolivian.
According to news reports, police used pepper spray against the protesters. Several protesters were injured and four arrested. A video posted on the UK’s The Guardian site showed protesters bashing riot officers with crutches and sticks, whilst police shielded themselves and struggled to hold the line.
There are an estimated 50 million people with disabilities in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), approximately 10 percent of the region’s population, according to a report by the World Bank. A different World Bank study states that approximately 15 to 20 percent of the poor living in developing countries is a person with disabilities.