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(en) Bolivia: Report on the struggle of the people of Bolivia by the Qhepus Anarchist Collective (ca)

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Date Tue, 20 Jul 2004 12:55:26 +0200 (CEST)

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Bolivia is a poor, backward country, turned into a colony of Yankee
imperialism, where an insipid bourgeoisie uses this "nation" as its own
property, rotating the country's governors between the members of its
social class, and opening the doors of the country to imperialism and
the transnational companies so that they can pillage the natural
resources of the country however they feel fit. And this has already
been going on for a long time.
The inhabitants of Bolivia (who are in reality of different
nationalities, and for that reason it is strange to consider them as a
"nation") are at the same time mostly poor and untiringly rebellious,
in particular those of indigenous origin who have fought bravely
against the oppression by the "k'ara" (the name used by them to
describe the white colonists) throughout the history of the country
since colonization, including the period of the Republic.

There have been several examples of this indigenous fight, but let us
consider the most recent. In 2000 there was an uprising of native
peoples centred in the Altiplano region (in western Bolivia), where
they used the struggle tactic of road blockades in order to demand that
the government "grant" them financing so that they themselves could
acquire tractors, paying the money back in installments. This would
have proved to be useful for their production (almost all the
inhabitants of the Bolivian plateau work in agriculture).

Like all "good" government, the only way they knew how to deal with the
people was through repression and there was a series of deaths during
the conflict, the majority of course being farmers.

This confrontation was followed by the collective action of indigenous
people which led to the burning of state institutions - police,
sub-prefectures, town councils... - and which represented a true
demonstration of a rejection of the Bolivian State. They showed that
oppression has a limit, and that it is now time for a communitarian
model of political, social and economic life, one which was inherited
from the people's ancestors and which was supprssed by the Spanish
colonization and the Creole republic.

Another example we can mention relates to a few months ago in early
2004, with the execution by the people of Ayo Ayo and bordering
communities (in the Altiplano region), of the mayor of this
municipality, who was lynched his body then burnt. He was accused of
acts of corruption in office, in addition to various other deplorable
incidents during his mayorship. When the government's judicial inquest
looked into who was responsible, the peasants replied "all of us",
demonstrating that their action went far beyond being simply a
"horrendous crime" as the bourgeois press called it, and represented a
true action against the white State and the repulsion it engenders,
repudiating its laws and values which do not coincide with the
requirements and demands of the indigenous communities.

To all this must be added that there are a total of 10 municipalities
that have expelled the state authorities and got rid of institutions
like the police and army, to put into practice, once and for all, the
communitarian model that the Aymará people call "ayllu".

This "ayllu", in agreement with the Aymará view of things, is a system
where Direct Democracy is put into practice, as the main decisions are
made on the basis of open assemblies of the whole population, and where
Mutual Aid and Solidarity form part of daily life for these people, who
are looking to build a better society through means of these valuable
tools. And without doubt they will obtain it, as long as they, together
with the inhabitants of the cities, can free themselves from the claws
of the State, be it national or supranational (imperialist).

The world's libertarians must salute with raised fists these
initiatives by the indigenous communities that inhabit Bolivia, who,
without parties or vanguards, support each other in natural
organizations, seeking by themselves to construct a future of Freedom,
Equality and Solidarity.

Salud y hasta la Victoria final!!
Hasta la Anarquía!!

Vladimir Mendoza
Member of the "Qhepus" Anarchist Collective
Sucre, Bolivia

Contact: ozzmosis20@hotmail.com

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