Peaceful Assembly

Bolivia’s regulation of public gatherings complies with international standards and, in general, people have ample opportunity to gather in order to express discontent and make demands without legal restriction. Although repression of protest is not a structural problem in Bolivia, there have been recent incidents where police dispersed protests using excessive force and arrested several protesters. For example security forces used violence to disperse demonstrations against the Supreme Court decision that removed limits on re-election in the country’s constitution, thereby allowing current President Evo Morales to run for a fourth term.