While the annual meeting of the Organisation of American States (OAS) was in progress in La Paz, Bolivia, demonstrations organised by the Confederation of Women's Institutes (CONIF) were filling the streets outside.
SV PAN DOWN EXTERIOR Sheraton Hotel TO marchers with banners and placards protesting against dictatorships (2 SHOTS)
MCU Protesters shouting and chanting (2 SHOTS)
MCU Alejandro Orfila (Secretary General) of the OAS listening to speech PAN ACROSS TO OAS Secretary and others listening)
GV OAS Conference in progress
SV Young children with balloons and flags marching in procession followed by women carrying flags and banners protesting against Bolivia's lack of Coastal area
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Background: While the annual meeting of the Organisation of American States (OAS) was in progress in La Paz, Bolivia, demonstrations organised by the Confederation of Women's Institutes (CONIF) were filling the streets outside. The protestors represented parents and relatives of those who have reportedly disappeared in various Latin American countries. Youths calling for human rights, and women demanding that Chile return to Bolivia its access to the sea.
SYNOPSIS: The marchers paraded in front of the La Paz hotel where the OAS was meeting. They shouted protests against the dictatorships they say rule many American countries.
Many of the demonstrators were the relatives of people who have allegedly disappeared in Argentina, Uruguay, chile and El Salvador. Inside at the meeting, the question of repression within member countries was being discussed.
The newly re-elected Secretary-General of the OAS, Argentine Alejandro Orfila, was criticised outside the conference by about three hundred youths who demanded he resign his OAS leadership, because of his government's human rights reputation.
A news release by the Women's Confederation organizers stated that they welcomed the delegates of the OAS and hoped that they achieve their aims and give endorsement to international justice.
Some of the demonstrators held a colourful procession to appeal for the return to Bolivia of its access to the sea, lost of Chile a century ago.