Bolivian President Evo Morales has presented title deeds to workers of the land of its previous owner, ex-president of Bolivia, Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada.
The house and lands were expropriated from de Lozada’s estate on the grounds that they could serve the greater good of the people.
“There are still some landowners here or there who only use their lands to relax, or have a party or a cook out for a weekend and they would come here and never work,” Morales told his audience.
Throughout the mountainous region of Los Yungas, Afro-Bolivians and indigenous Bolivians danced and played traditional instruments in celebration of the land given back.
“Mission accomplished, brothers and sisters,” said President Morales after presenting the property titles. “Now you are owners and not slaves of the lands as you were before.”
In all, Morales presented some 283 property title deeds to local residents.
Visibly moved local resident Alejandro Iriondo is grateful for the land. “I say to and pray to the president, thank God that our ancestors put him there (as president),” said Iriondo. “He has come to give us our land back.”