• Bolivia referendum: Evo Morales won't run in 2019, but MAS will carry-on

    Published on 24 February 2016 by Telesur English

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    The Bolivian government promised its supporters Wednesday that it would continue to adopt progressive political policies, despite the outcome of the country´s national referendum.

    "We may have lost a battle, but not the war," said President Evo Morales, referring to the national referendum results on presidential term limits, which prevents the Bolivian leader from running for re-election in 2019.

    During a press conference Wednesday, President Morales acknowledged the referendum results but promised to continue governing in the “interests of the poor and marginilazied.”

    In his speech, Morales accused right-wing opposition groups of launching a coordinated media campaign in efforts to undermine and discredit his administration.

    "Some media outlets fulfilled the interests of political parties," Morales stated.

    Moving forward, Morales announced that various high-ranking members from his administration will meet with leaders from Bolivian social movements in order to evaluate the political implications following the referendum outcome.

    Official final results will not be announced until Thursday. However, with 99.5 percent of the votes counted, the “No” side holds a three percent lead over the “Yes” with 51.3 percent versus 48.7 percent.

  • Bolivia: ten years of MAS

    Published on 22 December 2015 by

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    Ten years of the Movement Toward Socialism in government

    Led by the government of Evo Morales and the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS), Bolivia has undergone a profound transformation in the past ten years. The change is not just in the economic sphere, but in the shift of political power away from the traditional elite, the mostly white owners of industry and agriculture, and towards the majority, the mostly indigenous workers and campesinos.

    Evo Morales emerged as a leader of coca growers in Chaparé province, who were fighting against US-funded eradication of their crops. He first ran as presidential candidate for MAS in 2002, and narrowly lost. At the next election, on 18 December 2005, Morales and MAS won with 53.7% of the vote, a previously unheard of majority in Bolivia. The previous five years had seen six presidents come and go as a result of constant political crises. It was during this period that mass struggles against neoliberal austerity - the Water War and the Gas War - paved the way for the MAS victory. 

    Water War 1999 - 2000

    The Water War was sparked by a 1999 agreement by the government of Hugo Banzer to privatise the water supply in Cochabamba province. This was made in order to meet privatisation targets set by the World Bank in return for $600m debt relief. The new owner, a consortium run by US multinational Bechtel, was guaranteed an annual profit rate of 16% over 40-years.

    Workers and campesino organisations came together to form a Coalition for Defence of Water and Life. Over a period of six months they organised strikes and blockades, regularly bringing Cochabamba to a standstill. Key decisions affecting the movement were approved at open-air meetings attended by up to 50,000 people. 

    The cancellation of the water contract as a direct result of the protests marked a turning point for Bolivia’s anti-austerity movement, showing that popular forces could defeat neoliberalism.

  • Bolivian president slams Pacific Alliance trade bloc

    Published on 3 August 2016 by teleSUR.

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    Evo Morales said the Pacific Alliance trade bloc is a neo-colonial tool intended to cripple regional trade initiatives that exclude the U.S.

    Bolivian President Evo Morales issued a scathing criticism Wednesday of the Pacific Alliance Trade Bloc referring to it as a “political, military and financial arm of the empire.”

    “It seeks to put an end to the regional integration initiatives of MERCOSUR, UNASUR and CELAC,” President Morales wrote on twitter.

    Over the last decade and a half several regional integration mechanisms have emerged such as the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which was formed with the goal of strengthening domestic and regional sovereignty.

  • Fraternal meeting between Fidel and Evo

    Pulished on 23 May 2016 by Granma.

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    On Saturday, May 21, the leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz, held a friendly meeting with compañero Evo Morales Ayma, president of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, at the end of his visit to Cuba.

    Fidel and Evo recalled important moments in the ongoing process of regional integration, and highlighted the contribution of Hugo Chávez and Cristina Fernández de Kichner to the initiative. They also addressed the fraternal and growing collaboration ties between the two countries; discussed events currently occurring in Latin America and attempts by imperialist forces to destroy the socio-political movement in the hemisphere, whilst also warning of the grave threat such actions pose to humanity.

    The warm and touching encounter served as another example of the shared vision of both leaders, and the genuine ties of friendship and cooperation which unite Cuba and Bolivia.

  • Open letter: BBC must withdraw lies about Morales

    Evo Morales election rally in 2014
    Below we publish an open letter to the BBC in response to their website article 'Evo Morales: Exiled Bolivian ex-president accused of rape' (21 August 2020).
  • Thousands of Bolivians march in support of Evo Morales

    Published on 16 March 2016 by teleSUR.

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    Taking to the streets of La Paz to defend their leader, President Evo Morales, supporters say the attacks against him must stop.

    More than 5,000 community representatives marched through the streets of La Paz in a major show of support for President Evo Morales.

    Shouting "We stand by Evo," the crowds brought a large part of the center of La Paz to a complete standstill.

    Supporters of the president decided to march to show "that we still have a voice," said Quisa Cossio, who came from the town of Viacha to take part in the event.

    She was referring to the recent referendum result where the "No" campaign scored a narrow and rare victory over the government supported "Yes" campaign.