September 03, 2008

Update on Bolivia

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Violence is turning into a daily affair in Bolivia. Yesterday, the civic organizations in Trinidad, the capital city of Beni, engaged into a violent confrontation with state security forces which were preventing this mob from taking public buildings. The organizations decided to occupy public buildings to prevent the central government from carrying out the referendum to approve its constitution.

In the Chaco region the road blockade is going into its 9th day. This situation is turning unsustainable because there are two antagonist groups getting ready for confrontation. On the one side, government supporters want to brake the blockade and on the other side, opposition groups want to radicalize the protests.

On the political level, the government has vowed to continue the 'approval' referendum scheduled for December. This is significant because it is a response to the electoral court's decision not to carry on with the process based on a lack of legality argument. The CNE decided to stop the process because there is a need for Congress to call or issue a law calling to referendum. The decree issued by Morales is not acceptable.

In the mean time, Morales has been to Lybia and is wrapping up his visit to Iran.

He has signed a number of agreements and statements of intent pledging loyalty, friendship and resistance against the empire!

He has also sought to bring investment to Bolivia in the area of energy.

This is what is going on these days!