June 07, 2005

Mesa's Resignation Not a Solution to the Conflict

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The resignation of Mesa has not brought any kind of solution to the crisis Bolivia is experiencing at this moment. The current state of affairs is, at best, precarious. Meanwhile the situation in the country is getting worst by the hour.

The executive power has officially taken itself out of the conflict and bowed to the protestors' demands. Now its up to Congress to bring some type of political stability. The president of the Senate, and possible replacement for Mesa, Mr Vaca Diez (MIR), has expressed from his hometown in Santa Cruz, that Congress will not meet until the social movements make some kind of guaratees for the safety of the members and for an uninterrupted legislative session.

Meanwhile, the discussions "on the record" are concentrating on whether Congress will accept or will not accept Mr Mesa's resignation. I am sure this possibility is being analyzed carefully by all the parties in Congress. "Off the record" what must be taking considerable attention is the issue of who will succeed Mesa. There are no real possibilities, at least for the social movements. The movements have expressed their rejection of Vaca Diez or Cossio succeeding the president. One only real aternative is the president of the Supreme Court, who is the third person in the succession line, Mr Rodriguez.

The social movements (mainly, FEJUVE-El Alto and COR-El Alto) at the voice of Abel Mamani and Roberto de la Cruz, have categorically rejected the idea of lifting the pressure on the government. They are asking for a complete renewal of Congress, because they consider the current members to be traitors who are sold out to the multinational companies. Moreover, the main results of yesterday's townhall meeting in Plaza San Francisco reiterate the demand for the nationalization of the natural gas resources and makes a call for the establishment of a new worker-campesino government.

Now I'd like to call attention to the following:

The meaning of insurrection, according to the dictionaries consulted, are the following:

1. The act or an instance of open revolt against civil authority or a constituted government.

2. Organized opposition to authority; a conflict in which one faction tries to wrest control from another

3. The act or an instance of revolting esp. violently against civil or political authority or against an established government; also : the crime of inciting or engaging in such revolt.

Plus this little bit of info:
whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States, shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than ten years —U.S. Code

Now I call on to the readers to make their own conclusions about how are things developing in Bolivia.

I am placing some interesting links I found online. Unfortunately it's all in Spanish.

Video of the protests
Video of the town hall
Vaca Diez press conference
Solares' comments
Mamani's comments

Source: indymedia Bolivia and Argentina