It's a typical protest that presidents ways of life are far eliminated from those of their electorate. Not so in Uruguay. Meet the president - who lives on a broken-down ranch and parts with the vast majority of his compensation.
Clothing is hung outside the house. The water comes from a well in a yard, congested with weeds. Just two cops and Manuela, a three-legged canine, keep watch outside.
President Mujica has disregarded the rich house that the Uruguayan state accommodates its chiefs and selected to remain at his significant other's farmhouse, off a soil street outside the capital, Montevideo.
The president and his better half work the land themselves, developing blossoms.
This grim way of life - and the way that Mujica gives about 90% of his month to month pay, identical to $12,000 (£7,500), to noble cause - has driven him to be named the least fortunate president on the planet.
"I've lived like this most of my life," he says, sitting on an old chair in his garden, using a cushion favoured by Manuela the dog.
"I can live well with what I have."
His charitable donations - which benefit poor people and small entrepreneurs - mean his salary is roughly in line with the average Uruguayan income of $775 (£485) a month.
In 2010, his annual personal wealth declaration - mandatory for officials in Uruguay - was $1,800 (£1,100), the value of his 1987 Volkswagen Beetle.
This year, he added half of his wife's assets - land, tractors and a house - reaching $215,000 (£135,000).
That's still only about two-thirds of Vice-President Danilo Astori's declared wealth, and a third of the figure declared by Mujica's predecessor as president, Tabare Vasquez.
Elected in 2009, Mujica spent the 1960s and 1970s as part of the Uruguayan guerrilla Tupamaros, a leftist armed group inspired by the Cuban revolution.
He was shot six times and spent 14 years in jail. Most of his detention was spent in harsh conditions and isolation, until he was freed in 1985 when Uruguay returned to democracy.
Those years in jail, Mujica says, helped shape his outlook on life.
"I'm called 'the poorest president', but I don't feel poor. Poor people are those who only work to try to keep an expensive lifestyle, and always want more and more," he says.
"This is a matter of freedom. If you don't have many possessions then you don't need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them, and therefore you have more time for yourself," he says.
"I may appear to be an eccentric old man... But this is a free choice."
The Uruguayan leader made a similar point when he addressed the Rio+20 summit in June this year: "We've been talking all afternoon about sustainable development. To get the masses out of poverty.
"But what are we thinking? Do we want the model of development and consumption of the rich countries? I ask you now: what would happen to this planet if Indians would have the same proportion of cars per household than Germans? How much oxygen would we have left?
"Does this planet have enough resources so seven or eight billion can have the same level of consumption and waste that today is seen in rich societies? It is this level of hyper-consumption that is harming our planet."
Mujica accuses most world leaders of having a "blind obsession to achieve growth with consumption, as if the contrary would mean the end of the world".
But however large the gulf between the vegetarian Mujica and these other leaders, he is no more immune than they are to the ups and downs of political life.
"Many sympathise with President Mujica because of how he lives. But this does not stop him for being criticised for how the government is doing," says Ignacio Zuasnabar, a Uruguayan pollster.
The Uruguayan resistance says the nation's ongoing monetary success has not brought about better open administrations in wellbeing and training, and unexpectedly since Mujica's political race in 2009 his fame has fallen beneath half.
This year he has additionally been enduring an onslaught as a result of two disputable moves. Uruguay's Congress as of late passed a bill which sanctioned premature births for pregnancies as long as 12 weeks. In contrast to his archetype, Mujica didn't reject it.
He is likewise supporting a discussion on the authorization of the utilization of cannabis, in a bill that would likewise give the express the imposing business model over its exchange.
"Consumption of cannabis is not the most worrying thing, drug-dealing is the real problem," he says.
Be that as it may, he doesn't need to stress a lot over his prominence rating - Uruguayan law implies he isn't permitted to look for re-appointment in 2014. Additionally, at 77, he is probably going to resign from governmental issues by and large in a little while.
At the point when he does, he will be qualified for a state annuity - and not at all like some other previous presidents, he may not see the drop in pay as too difficult to even think about getting used to.
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