Peter Charley reports on the battle between Bolivia's traditional coca farmers and the country's government, which wants to shut down cocaine production.
Airdate: 
Wednesday, October 11, 2000 - 21:30
Channel: 
SBS

In October 2000, the impoverished South American nation of Bolivia was tense after clashes between the military and coca farmers.

Strict new regulations had been passed aimed at shutting down cocaine production, with the government vowing to eradicate coca from all but a select 'traditional region' by 2002.

The nation's 60,000 coca farmers were fighting to resist those efforts, with government threats that a new round of 'forcible eradication' would follow. 

Peter Charley reported from Bolivia on the struggle by the coca farmers to keep growing the plant that had been part of their lives for centuries.