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(en) Bolivia: Statement from the Mujeres Creanda (ca)

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Date Sat, 18 Oct 2003 13:06:39 +0200 (CEST)

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> From: Mujeres Creando <creando-A-ceibo.entelnet.bo>
Comrades, for the respect which the international solidarity
merits, we wish to clarify that Maria Galindo was arrested for
several hours on Monday 13th October after a personal action of
occupying the empty offices of the Public Defender, following
which she was released. We appreciate the concern and
international solidarity which we are sure will be forthcoming
should any of the many other members of the Mujeres Creando ever
need it. Thank you.

Mujeres Creando was formed as a feminist struggle movement in
solidarity with our people, not as a group of artists for
individualist actions or self-promotion, though they without
doubt also have their value, but Mujeres Creando is a space for
the construction of community, within the global vision of our
native people.

Since the beginning of the unrest in the city of El Alto on
Wednesday 8th, Mujeres Creando as a movement decided to join in
the fight and mobilization in the streets, without any
self-promotion either by the group or its members, united
shoulder to shoulder with the people. That has been the case
since then, fully united with the people, our people, who have
always planned pacific actions in the occupation of the streets.
The provocation came from the organs of repression, the only
dead soldier is thought to have been killed by the military
because he refused to shoot, the silence of the military in this
respect confirms this hypothesis to us.

We have also set up a study group among the women who are
participating in the neighbourhood struggles. On Wedneday 15th,
the middle class of La Paz, formerly the ideological and social
pillar of the present President, started a hunger strike; on the
one hand the popular sectors, the barricades, the neighbourhood
groups took a supporting stance, but on the other hand
distrusted it as [the hunger strikers] received immediately all
the attention of the mass media, due to their connections with
the powers that be. Meanwhile, the people, who form the basis of
these protests to recover their natural resources, had to spend
over a month protesting, with 68 dead and more than 300 injured,
in order to get the national and international mass media to
hear their case.

Food is needed at the moment, and for that reason we request
humanitarian support in the form of foodstuffs, medicines and
blankets for the comrades still in El Alto but headed for La Paz
to occupy the streets, and those peasants, syndicalists, miners,
native people etc. from different parts of the country. The
shortages we are experiencing in the neighborhoods, the food
situation, is very serious... this is the concrete support that
we need now.

In order to get that aid here, collect foodstuffs and have it
sent via the International Red Cross - which itself will need to
be pressurized into dealing with us.

We send our greetings, and are sure that our people will get
back their resources for them to be used by us and by our sons
and daughters.

Lidia Gisbert Quispe
Fortunata Escobar
Julieta Paredes

Please distribute

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