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Bolivia

Masses drive out governor, workers and peasants form commune

The latest confrontation began in December when president Evo Morales encouraged popular mobilisations in support of a major land reform bill which the right-wing minority in the constituent assembly was using the veto powers, conceded to it last year, to obstruct. At the same time the right is demanding autonomy for Santa Cruz, and its surrounding provinces, the location of much of the countries oil and gas resrves as well as its agriculturally productive lands. The manoeuvre is designed to put Bolivia’s economic wealth out of the reach of the central government and any programme to redistribute the countries’ oil income or its land to the impoverished masses. Read more...

Bolivia: revolution and the shadow of civil war

Bolivia is in revolutionary situation. Strikes, blockades shutdowns by workers and peasants, right wing threats of civil war and of the secession of whole provinces all bear witness to this. So too does over two months of paralysis of the Constituent Assembly – a sovereign body elected to redraft the country’s constitution and decide issues such as the ownership of the land and Bolivia’s rich oil and gas reserves. Read more...

Bolivia: Morales wins office, the struggle for power begins

The scale of the victory was unexpected, not least by the victor and the vanquished. Evo Morales gained 51% of the popular vote in Bolivia’s presidential election on 18 December – the first indigenous person to accede to the office of president in the whole of Latin America.. His chief right-wing opponent Jorge “Tuto” Quiroga, – shocked and disoriented by his miserly 31% of the vote– immediately conceded defeat. Read more...

Bolivia: power within grasp

In June this year the Bolivian workers and poor peasants could have seized power. They should have seized power. The country was engulfed by revolution. Much of commerce had been strangled by road blockades; a general strike was spreading from the capital, La Paz, to the regional centres. Read more...

The Bolivian Revolution must continue, to workers and peasants power

This year in May and June the masses created an acute revolutionary situation where the question of who rules Bolivia was posed. The bourgeoisie was forced to retreat but the masses too were unable to impose their demands. A pause in the mass mobilisations has ensued but not a pause in the debate as to how to go forward, how to win the nationalisation of the countries natural resources, how to meet the burning needs of the urban and rural workers. Read more...

Bolivian workers resist new austerity

Within six weeks of his inauguration as President, Victor Paz Estenssoro has given notice to the Bolivian working class of what it can expect from his new government. Declaring a ’state of siege’ on 19 September, Paz arrested thousands of trade unionists involved in a general strike against government austerity measures. Read more...

Bolivian Revolution of 1952 - polemic with the POR

Bolivian Revolution of 1952 - polemic with the POR

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