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(en) [caravan99] Bolivian Embassy to WTO occupied in Geneva

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Date Fri, 17 Oct 2003 22:29:51 +0200 (CEST)

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This morning 20 persons, accompanied by press, occupied the Permanent
Mission of Bolivia to WTO and the UN in solidarity with the Bolivian
uprising which is demanding the departure of "el gringo" (Bolivian
president Losada, a millionaire brought up in the US who speaks spanish
with a gringo accent!) and the re-nationalisation of the natural gas that
has been practically given away to BP and Repsol.
Significantly, it was a complete and easy success. First of all, it was
nearly all organised by a magnificent bunch of Bolivian companeras who
surged out of nowhere 48 hours ago to tell us that something had to be done
(the Bolivian community in Geneva wasn't like this before!). Then the
ambassador, like 99% of Bolivians, is obviously wondering about Losada's
chances of staying president. (When a journalist asked him if there was an
alternative solution to Losada's resignation, he answered with a long, long
diplomatic silence and then said that he didn't want to give his personal
opinion!) So he was incredibly cool, didn't ask us to leave or talk of
calling the police, sat down on the spot to write a covering letter to
ours, faxed it off to La Paz in front of us and then asked us what else we
wanted to talk about !
The softest occupation we ever did! I very much recommend Bolivian
diplomatic missions right now. And the press are interested !
Pictures of the action and the text will follow soon and be on the Bolivia
page of www.agp.org
Tomorrow we are going to meet to make giant banners and do Bolivian danses
at the outdoor market of Plainpalais, then go hang them on the better
placed squats in town.
Hugs from el viejo

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