Hundreds of people with disabilities have been demonstrating on the streets of La Paz, Bolivia, to push for an increase in state benefits. The defiant protesters are asking the government to provide a monthly subsidy rather than an annual one, a demand that has been rejected but talks of dialogues have been suggested.

The protesters are refusing to move from outside the government house until such dialogue has been set up.

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A demonstrator shouts during a rally protest in La PazDavid Mercado/ Reuters
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A woman is hoisted up a pedestrian bridge by fellow protesters during a rally protest, to demand the government for a monthly disability subsidy in La PazDavid Mercado/ Reuters
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A man carries a cross, as people participate in a rally protest calling on the government to increase their monthly disability subsidy in La PazDavid Mercado/ Reuters
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Children are seen during a rally protest in La PazDavid Mercado/ Reuters

One protester, Rosmery Juanita, who took 35 days to reach the protest in La Paz, tied her wheelchair to a city overpass and garnered police attention.

"We are going to continue with our protests because we are demanding our rights, those for people with disabilities, we have never had our rights respected. And so we are going to maintain the pressure measures until the end. As a Bolivian, I have rights to the bonanza here in Bolivia. I am Bolivian, and so I have a right to ask for what belongs to me as a Bolivian citizen," she told Reuters.

The demonstrations, which began in April and have been continuing ever since, have turned violent, resulting in one protester being injured along with several police officers.

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People confront the police in Plaza Murillo in La PazJorge Bernal/ AFP
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A person cries out during a demonstration in Plaza Murillo in La PazJorge Bernal/ AFP
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A woman is hoisted up a pedestrian bridge by fellow protesters, during a rally protest demanding the government for a monthly disability subsidy in La PazDavid Mercado/ Reuters
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Riot police officers try to stop demonstrators during a rally in La PazDavid Mercado/ Reuters
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Demonstrators participate in a rally protest, calling on the government to increase their monthly disability subsidy in La PazDavid Mercado/ Reuters
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A man confronts the police in Plaza Murillo in La PazJorge Bernal/ AFP
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A man and woman walk away after the rally in La PazDavid Mercado/ Reuters
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A man shouts through a megaphone demanding a raise in the subsidy for the disabled in La PazAizar Raldes/ AFP
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A man lies on the ground among placards in Plaza Murillo in La PazJorge Bernal/ AFP

The current Bolivian disability subsidy is 1,000 boliviano (£100/ $144) annual stipend, which they want to change to a 500 boliviano ($72/ £50) monthly benefit. Local media has reported that the government had allocated some 40 million bolivianos for the disabled and the money was divided into two groups – half has been paid out as a monthly allowance and the other was used to fund projects for the disabled.

However, according to protesters, President Evo Morales promised greater assistance to the country's marginalised before taking office and he has not fulfilled his promise.

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People participate in a rally protest in La PazDavid Mercado/ Reuters
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A demonstrator holds a banner during a rally protest in La PazDavid Mercado/ Reuters
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People demonstrate in demand for a raise in subsidies for the disabled in La PazAizar Raldes/ AFP
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A woman, holding Bolivia's national flags, participates in a rally protest calling on the government to increase their monthly disability subsidyDavid Mercado/ Reuters
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People arrive for the protest in La Paz, BoliviaJorge Bernal/ AFP
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A woman arrives in La Paz, Bolivia for the protest, calling on the Bolivian government to provide a monthly disability subsidy rather than an annual oneJorge Bernal/ AFP
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People arrive in La Paz for the protestsJorge Bernal/ AFP