In the August 10 recall referendum, President Evo Morales and vice-president García Linera were ratified with an increased number of votes and the two MAS prefects (governors) of Oruro and Potosí were also ratified. But at the same time, four of the six opposition prefects were also ratified with sizable majorities. So, who won? Who lost?
We interviewed comrade Pepe Pereira, a leading
member of El Militante-Bolivia, the
Bolivian supporters of the International Marxist Tendency. Our first question
was about the recall referendum that will be held in Bolivia next week, on August 10th.
This statement was
unanimously passed at the World Congress of the International Marxist Tendency.
All efforts must be made to stop the oligarchy's plans to remove Morales, which
they see as a step in the direction of re-establishing their control over the
The mass media in the west
continue to pump out lies about what is happening in Bolivia. They claim the oligarchy
in Santa Cruz
has won support from the people for "autonomy". We provide the facts that show
the opposite is the case. Reaction is spurring on the masses to step up their
of the Bolivian oligarchy to use the referendum on autonomy as a lever to push
forward their reactionary agenda has failed. They failed to get the votes they
required, and at the same time they have enraged the masses of workers and
peasants, who have risen once more in huge mobilisations.
The oligarchy in Bolivia has launched a major
challenge to the Evo Morales government in the form of a referendum on an
"Autonomous Statute" in the Eastern Department of Santa Cruz. They are using
this question to mobilise the forces of counter-revolution. Morales must stop
dithering and take firm action.