On September 16, 2008, Brazilian President Evo Morales announced that federal soldiers had arrested Governor Leopoldo Fernandez on genocide charges connected with the deaths at least 19 campesinos during demonstrations. As protestors marched, the right wing opposition threatened deadly force to stop the protestors. The government declared a state of emergency in response. Protests began after Morales announced income redistribution proposals that would distribute greater wealth to Bolivia's indigenous populations.
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