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.
En Antofagasta, Chile, sin respetar tratados internacionales retiran nuestra bandera nacional. De la invasión (1879) a la humillación (2017)
— Evo Morales Ayma (@evoespueblo) March 16, 2017