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Marta La Altena poses before her bout . Much effort goes into a wrestler's appearance, though she will likely end the evening in a state of dishevelment.
Carmen Rojas aka Llovana Huanapaco is 36 years old and has two kids. She's a technical vocation teacher and one of the most famous of the Cholita Luchadores.
Dina La Reina del Ring aka Lydia Flores is 28 years old. She has three children and works as an office cleaner. Her special move is 'La Zanita'
View from more than 4000 metres on the edge of El Alto, looking down on La Paz, the highest de facto capital in the world. El Alto was once a suburb of La Paz but has grown enormously over the last two decades as migrants have poured in and residents have had families.
Mercedes La Extremista delivers a brutal clothesline to her male opponent during a training session in Zona Complejo, El Alto. It's a tough sport, despite the theatrics.
Yolanda La Amarosa executes the first step in the highly gymnastic 'sesenta y nueve' wrestling move.
What Maria La Hija de Mr Atlas lacks in dexterity, she more than makes up for in power. At 41, she's among the oldest of the Cholita Luchadores and she has two children.
Maria La Hija De Mr Atlas hits the canvas as Yolanda La Amorosa prepares to put her in a submission.
The wrestlers cool down after their training session. By late afternoon, the temperature is dropping towards freezing. After this, they must pack away the ring to protect it from the elements.
A young boy looks on from the bleachers as an evening's wrestling gets underway. Modeled on the much more famous Mexican version, Bolivian Lucha Libre provides an escape from the daily grind with its simple narratives of good versus evil.
The Luchadores Independientes De Extremos Riesgo are competing against the much more famous Titanes Del Ring for the public's affection. They have not been able to secure the same kind of audiences as their competitor, but are determined to go it alone instead of being exploited.
Dina La Reina Del Ring comes to the aid of Denita La Intocable during the latter's bout with bad girl Marta La Altena.
Yolanda La Amorosa prepares to body slam her opponent during a training session in a junkyard on the outskirts of El Alto.
Mercedes La Extremista leaps from the top rope during a training session in El Alto.
Yolanda La Amorosa jumps in the air during a training session in Zona Complejo, El Alto; her unfortunate opponent will have to break her fall.
Maria La Hija de Mr Atlas delivers a forearm smash to her male opponent during a training session at Zona Complejo on the outskirts of El Alto
Denita La Intocable addresses her fans after her unfair defeat by the evil Marta La Altena. Wrestlers have loyal supporters, all of which adds to the drama.
General Strike, March 29, 2012.
Barcelona, Spain. Thousands of workers took to the streets in the eighth general strike to protest against labor reform the government's Mariano Rajoy. Firefighters put out the bins on fire during the course of the demonstration.
Idlib, Syria | March 21, 2012
A Free Syrian Soldier ready to fight against the Syrian Army in Idlib on March 21.
Idlib, Syria | March 21, 2012
People escaping the clashes in Idlib. In the sky, clouds of black smoke from bombings.
Cleaning the street after a battle last night, Mohammed Mahmoud St (American University in Cairo)
Riot police get crushed as demonstators march at The Korean People's G20 Response Action Rally and March G20 Protests. Seoul, South Korea. 11/11/2010
Throwing punches, blocking kicks and swinging sticks the Texas Survivalists also learn to defend themselves without the use of firearms. "I began learning this stuff years ago" says Ralph Severe "I really wanted to fuck people up."