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BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:06 P.M.) – Thousands of Bolivians marched in the country’s capital, La Paz, demanding access to sea in century-long dispute with Chile.

The streets of La Paz on Tuesday were filled of people forming a human blue tide as Bolivia submitted a formal reply to Chile at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.

138 years ago, Chile invaded Bolivian territory, starting a long battle that stripped Bolivia of 400 kilometers of its coast, turning it into a landlocked country.

In 2013, Bolivian President Evo Morales, filed a maritime claim with the ICJ to oblige Chile to renegotiate its border with Bolivia on the grounds that Chile has not kept up with certain “unilateral promises” according to a treaty signed in 1904, TeleSUR explained.

The president also called Chile’s initial invasion of Bolivian territory unjust and said the people of Bolivia have a right to sovereign access to the sea, the report continued.

Because of the landlocked status of Bolivia, it has made it one of the poorest states in the region.

Day’s ago, the Bolivian president explained on his twitter how the port of Antofagasta in northern Chile was illegally taken in 1879 and how the repercussions of this humiliation is still felt in 2017.

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Frank
Frank
2017-03-22 19:05

DO research on the Pacific War. Chile did not invade Bolivia. Peru and Bolivia invaded Chile. Chile defended itself against their forces and attacked their ports which they kept. Only ones to blame are the warmongering ancestors. Why don’t they ask Peru since they were allies at the time of this war?

Carlos Teran
Carlos Teran
2017-03-23 13:06
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Here’s a short summary of events leading to the war: – 1825: the area in question was in dispute between Peru and Chile when Bolivia is formed; Antonio Jose de Sucre declares the area part of Bolivia based on claims similar to that of Peru – 1866: Chile and Bolivia sign a treaty recognizing the boundary as the 24th parallel south with shared taxing between 23rd and 25th parallels;Compañía de Salitres y Ferrocarriles de Antofagasta (CSFA) starts to extract nitrates and saltpeter in Antofagasta under a license granted by the Melgarejo administration of Bolivia – 1871: The new government of… Read more »

Carlos Teran
Carlos Teran
2017-03-23 13:24

I was wondering. Is this a separate event from Dia del Mar? Every year Bolivians have this demonstration, but it is always on March 23, 2017. How did you get video of what appears to be Dia del Mar one day before it happened? is it old footage? or is it a separate demonstration?

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2017-03-22 23:20
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Evo tiene razón, como siempre. Antofagasta rightly belongs to Bolivia. Down with the fascist military of Chile. And full legal rights to its indigenes, the Mapuche people.