After a day of mourning and of relative calm on Tuesday October 14, the revolutionary movement in Bolivia has continued to grow in strength, boldness, organisation and also to spread further. It is a classic revolutionary situation where elements of dual power now exist, with the masses controlling the streets and the President prisoner in his own residence.
Finally the mass uprising which has shaken Bolivia for nearly a month has managed to overthrow the gringo Goni as he is known. Faced with a mass mobilisation, which was growing stronger despite the brutal repression which caused more than 80 deaths, finally the US embassy withdrew support from their puppet. The masses must not fall for these manoeuvres. No support for the Mesa government. For a workers and peasants government.
After overthrowing the hated Goni, the workers of Bolivia have drawn one main conclusion: the workers, peasants, oppressed nations and impoverished middle classes, did not wrest power from the ruling class because they still do not have a revolutionary party.
A revolution is a situation where the masses take their destiny into
their own hands. That is precisely what we are witnessing before our very
eyes in Bolivia. On Friday 17, Sánchez de Lozada was driven from power. The
demonstrators blockaded La Paz and other cities. Soviets were formed in El Alto.
Bolivia, South America's poorest and most unstable country, had been paralysed
since mid-September by anti-government protests.
"This government is not at all different from the government of Sanchez de Lozada. Carlos Mesa has not listened to the message of the El Alto Indian rebellion against the sale of gas" These are the words of one of the leaders of the Bolivian October insurrection, Roberto de la Cruz. They sum up very clearly the real meaning of the bourgeois government of Carlos Mesa and the conclusions sections of the masses and most of the revolutionary vanguard are already drawing.
The brutal repression of the teachers' protest in Ecudaor in December highlights the fact that the period of waiting on the part of the Ecuadorian masses is over. The movement of 2000 brought Lucio Gutierrez to power, but he has merely continued with IMF policies. Now Ecuador is poised for a new movement on a higher level, comparable to that of Bolivia.