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(en) DA #29 - Social Democracy & Other Myths - Globalization: No peace in La Paz

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Date Tue, 24 Feb 2004 08:44:42 +0100 (CET)

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Bolivia's capital city La Paz means 'peace' in Spanish,
but this seems inappropriate after weeks drenched in tear gas and
dead bodies. With tens of thousands of people flooding into the
streets, setting up burning barricades and hurling sticks of
dynamite at a murderous military, the country has been teetering
on the brink of full-blown revolution.
Over 70 people were killed by the army in demonstrations that
flared up after the government announced plans to sell its natural
gas to the US and Mexico, a deal imposed by the IMF
(International Monetary Fund) to bail out the economy. The
protesters pointed out that Bolivia would only get 18% of the deal
and that even these crumbs wouldn’t reach the mouths of the
poor (under the terms of the agreement with the Bolivian
government, Pacific LNG would invest $5 billion to build the
project, while the Bolivian government would receive royalties of

Repression reached its peak when 25 protesters were killed and
nearly 100 injured in one day in El Alto, near La Paz. Many injured
couldn’t be recovered because police and military were
shooting at anything that moved, and further 28 protesters were
murdered during the following days. Protesters began demanding
the resignation of President Sanchez de Lozada, and underlined
their request by digging up roads with picks and barricading
highways to block traffic. Although de Lozada relented and
shelved the gas sell-off plan, protesters have now demanded
“resignation or nothing” from a president who
‘enjoys’ 8% popularity.

As De Lozada’s grip on power weakens, the country’s
social movement is growing stronger. In El Alto, despite martial
law, more than 90% of the town remained under the control of
neighbourhood assemblies, market vendors, university students
and the Regional Workers’ Central. In total,
1.5 million residents of La Paz and El Alto paralysed any
semblance of ‘normal’ state control.

Direct Action is published by Solidarity Federation, the British section
of the International Workers’ Association
DA is the Solidarity Federation magazine which is about getting
real change with anarcho-syndicalism.

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