• Today things are better for the indigenous population than ever before, but a long history of injustice has instilled a strong sense of activism, and protests in La Paz are about as common as shoe-shine stands (of which, believe us, there are a lot). The seat of Bolivian government in Murillo Square has been set on fire so many times that it’s known as the “Palacio Quemado,” or the “Burnt Palace,” and the tent cities you find around the Plaza are more impressive than anything Occupy Wall Street ever put together.

Photography by Szymon Kochański

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