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"We want civil war!"- Bolivian Right rebels against Morales

On August 10, Bolivia's first indigenous president, Evo Morales, was once again given a massive vote of confidence by 70 per cent of the people. When, on 29 August, indigenous peasant and working-class supporters of Morales' party, the Movement to Socialism, (MAS) tried to hold a peaceful celebration in the Plaza 24 de Septiembre, in the centre of the city of Santa Cruz, a force of thugs organised by the UniÛn Juvenil CruceÒista (CruceÒo Youth Union, UJC), set upon them with sticks and whips. Read more...

Morales must mobilise to crush the Right

Evo Morales was a convincing winner in the recall referendum on 10 August. He won 68 per cent of the popular vote and 95 of the 112 voting districts in the country. The only places in which he didn't win are the cities of states the Media Luna, the half moon as they are called, from the shape they make on the map in the grip of the right-wing. Yet even in these states he got over 40 per cent and in two of them 50 per cent. Read more...

Bolivia: workers and poor defeat right in referendum

President Evo Morales has won more than 63 per cent of the popular vote in Bolivia's recall referendum, a substantial increase on his score in the presidential election in 2005 (over 54 per cent). Even in the Media Luna, the rich lowland areas dominated by the racist secessionists, Morales won more than 40 per cent of the popular vote. Read more...

En Bolivia la élite terrateniente amenaza con una guerra civil: los trabajadores y los campesinos pueden detenerlos

El objetivo de la derecha es simple: obtener el control de las reservas de petróleo y gas del país, y evitar una reforma agraria que golpeó a los más grandes ganaderos agrícolas del país. Read more...

In Bolivia landowning elite threaten civil war - workers and peasants can stop them

In May just over 50 per cent of the population in the province of Santa Cruz participated in a referendum on autonomy for the province from the Bolivian state. Some 85 per cent of those who voted supported a de facto secession. The right wing prefect of Santa Cruz, Ruben Costas, told a delirious victory rally: "Today we begin in Santa Cruz a new republic, a new state."The purpose of the right wing is simple: to grab the oil and gas reserves of the country, and to prevent a land reform which would hit the big ranchers in the most agriculturally productive part of the country.Santa Cruz is the most populous of four departments which comprise the so-called Media Luna (half moon) in Bolivia's eastern lowland provinces - the others being, Pando, Tarija and Beni. These three other departments plan to hold their own autonomy votes in June. The Media Luna accounts for some 60 per cent of the country's gross domestic product, whilst containing only 35 per cent of its population. Read more...

Bolivia: Break the right-wing secessionists with mass action

President Evo Morales and the government of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) are celebrating two years in government. Morales has addressed the nation, telling his supporters how the MAS has introduced literacy, education and health reforms along with the nationalisation of the hydrocarbon industry and the creation of a new constitution. Read more...

Bolivia faces civil war - for a workers republic to unite the country

Bolivia is being torn apart by its own capitalist class. Faced by a right-wing offensive, the government of Evo Morales is in crisis. Only the working class can thwart the plots of the right wing, writes Keith Spencer Read more...

Bolivia: outlines of an action programme for a revolutionary workers party

In Bolivia a revolutionary party must be a workers party- not a populist party of all classes. To become this the task of creating it must be fought for in the national union federation, the COB, in the miners union and all other militant workers organisations, both trade union and political. It must aim to draw into its ranks the best fighters and organisers in the Fejuves and popular assemblies, the poor peasant organisations, the organisations of youth and women. Read more...

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