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Bolivia's movements face a choice

On Friday of last week Jean Friedsky wrote for the Narcosphere collective about the debates in the Bolivian movement

Issue No. 1956

‘The people now have a decision to make. The social movements must make a choice of how to proceed — postpone the fight, or continue the battle right now?

After more than three weeks of conflict, Bolivia is in a very serious situation. Prices are rising on staple foods.

Congress has been avoiding its duty to govern for weeks, leaving a vacuum of state power. Rumours of a military coup have been taking shape.

Similarly troubling is that Washington has taken an interest in Bolivian events. Memories of the US’s role in Latin America during the 1980s burn in the minds of people across this continent.

The MAS will most likely accept compromise because nationalisation was never their true agenda, and because proposed new elections give them an opportunity to increase their party’s political power.

The miners may return from Sucre ready to take to the streets tomorrow because of the death of their comrade. Leaders in El Alto will convene with their supporters to decide.

There is one point of clarity and agreement — la lucha sigue (the struggle continues).’

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