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.
A very successful first public meeting of El Militante Bolivia was held on
February 28 in Potosí with 35 people taking part, some of whom expressed an
interest in joining El Militante. All this while the city was erupting in mass
rioting in protest against economic sabotage being carried out by the
We are proud to
announce the setting up of a new website in Bolivia,
El Militante Bolivia, linked to
the International Marxist Tendency. A journal will also follow soon. It will
provide a Marxist analysis of events in Bolivia
and Latin America based on the ideas of the
The Bolivian oligarchy and imperialism are not
prepared to accept democracy if the democratic will of the majority is to take
away their power and privileges. Unfortunately, what is lacking in Bolivia is a
programme to challenge the interests of the landlords and capitalists and a
leadership that will fight for this programme.
raising its ugly head in Bolivia. The strategy of the Morales government
seems to be based on making more concessions. Taking advantage of the temporising and vacillation of the
Morales government the oligarchy is gaining even more confidence. What
is needed is a serious campaign among the masses to explain what is at stake
and take firm revolutionary socialist measures.
In 2005 the
revolutionary movemenet of the Bolivian masses produced the Morales government.
Since then vacillation on the part of Morales has given the oligarchy room to
manoeuvre and now it is stepping up its activities as it prepares to exploit
the weaknesses of the government. Urgent revolutionary measures are required.