There is widespread opposition to the Mesa government, however the general
strike that was supposed to take place in Februaray this did not take place.
Jorge Martin looks at the factors that explain this. The situation remains an
The National Enlarged Meeting of the Bolivian Workers' Union (COB) on April
8, convened in the mining stronghold of Huanuni, decided to call a general
strike and national road blockades starting from May 2nd. The call has the support of the
peasant unions organised in the CSUTCB under the leadership of Mallku Felipe
Quispe, and could precipitate the fall of Mesa's weak government.
A diplomatic crisis has opened up between Mexico and Cuba. Mexico's Vicente Fox
government has demanded the recall of the Mexican ambassador from Havana and
ordered the Cuban diplomats to leave. The response of the masses was anything
but favourable. Thousands demonstrated in Mexico, while a million marched
through Havana. This has deepened the political crisis in Mexico and further
undermined Fox and his right wing PAN government.
The recent referendum was called by the Mesa government as a legal cover for
what it has laready gone ahead with - the privatisation of Bolivian gas. The
questions were not simply posed as yes or no to privatisation. The masses sensed
this and in many parts of the country took part in a boycott. This is the priced
the movement is having to pay for the compromise reached back in October.
The fraudulent nature of the recent gas referendum in Bolivia has become even
clearer to the Bolivian masses. Within just a few days Mesa was selling off even
more of Bolivia's natural gas resources to the multinationals. The response of
the masses has been to mobilise once more.
We publish a resolution, written by the editor of Marxist.com Alan
was defended by Celia Hart in the seminar entitled "The Utopia We
Need", held in Havana on Friday September 10, 2004. The conference took
place in the Hispano-American Centre in Malecón.