For the mainstream media the political upheavals in Bolivia since the turn of the century culminated in the election of radical president Evo Morales in December last year.
But there is a second, continuing, process, which has seen powerful social movements rise up in waves of struggle, twice bringing the country to the brink of revolution.
Now the Powerplay video activist group has documented this process in a new DVD. Powerplay travelled to Bolivia and have given activists an opportunity to communicate directly with an audience in Britain.
Striking public sector workers, indigenous campaigners, miners and agricultural workers tell their stories and debate the way forward for the movement.
One highlight is footage of a meeting of Fejuve – the federation of neighbourhood committees – in the workers’ city of El Alto, which rests on a plateau above the capital, La Paz.
El Alto has become a home to hundreds of thousands of indigenous workers who have migrated from the countryside – it has also become a centre of struggle.
During uprisings in 2003 and 2005, popular assemblies and neighbourhood committees acted as the ruling power in the city – giving a taste of what revolutionary democracy might feel like.
The DVD will be shown in London at a benefit for Bolivia Solidarity Campaign on Friday of this week.
Bolivia 2006 – Start of the Process
Produced by Powerplay
£6 or £10 solidarity price. Proceeds to the Bolivia Solidarity Campaign
For details, and to purchase copies of the DVD, go to www.boliviasc.org.uk
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