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Bolivia: Public Letter to Latin America

"The sublime sacrifice of so many brothers will only be worth it, if we can twist the arm of the owners of the world, if this battle initiates a chain reaction that leads to the defense of the sovereignty of all Latin America.

We have given of ourselves, now it depends on You."

[ARTICLE TRANSLATED by Kim Sky]
Rebelion.org
17 of October of the 2003
Public letter to all Brothers of Latin America

by Erick Fajardo Pozo
Fundación Magna Causa, Universidad Mayor de San Simón (UMSS), Cochabamba, Bolivia, Cónsul Primo

Latin American Brothers:

It is incorrect to say that Bolivia is now undergoing its worst social, political and economic crisis. It is not true that intolerance and violence threaten to divide our country.

We Bolivians understand that this crisis is not only our crisis, intolerance and violence is not threatening our people in a way that we have not experienced before, because our country has been divided by discrimination for centuries.

This crisis is part of a process that is shared by all countries in Latin America, intolerance and exclusion are evils that we suffer throughout this continent, for centuries the world has been divided between the victims and the ruthless.

This letter is an attempt to inspire genuine solidarity with worldwide social movements, so that they might intervene, to prevent order from being reestablished, and instead help to create a new and just social order in Bolivia. After one month of conflict we are at the end of our resources. The magnitude of this warlike arsenal, the mass media and economic sectors acting in the interests of the transnationals who support our government, is forcing us to ask the brothers and sisters of this continent for help to defend our common cause, for a more just world.

What the international public cannot forget is that the situation in Bolivia is a symbol of the eventual world-wide crisis, that today while Bolivians are penalized, a permanent threat to citizens worldwide is blossoming, that the division between the highest standard of life for the very few with misery for everyone else must offend the dignity of any independent thinking human being.

Following this line of thinking, the Bolivian people did not fight for the dismissal of Sanchez de Lozada, or fight to destroy democracy, or fight for subversive interests, as was purported by the national and transnational media representing the government. Coca growers, Indians, students, workers, unemployed, intellectuals and journalists, we all fought to re-establish an economic balance, which is within our rights, even if it is against the present prevailing political-economic model in the world.

When misery consumes three quarters of the world's population, we must ask ourselves. Is it possible that any other political system could be worse? Is it conceivable that we might have the right to ask for a better way of life? Over the semantic noise of a press serviceable to the powerful, the world must listen for the distant echo coming from the outcry, the weeping and the pain in the voices from a people that have defended what others will be called upon to defend, be it sooner or later: The limited natural resources that insatiable transnationals have not yet snatched away from Latin America.

Beyond the effective denial of the crisis and the portrayal of the conflict that Sanchez de Lozada sells to the foreign press, there are people dying, unionists being arrested, silenced intellectuals, and persecuted journalists. The people are defending themselves to their full capacity with diverse strategies, the right for freedom of thought and for a the right to a life with dignity for all Latin Americans, Africans, Asians, all indigenous peoples, blacks and mix-races, all the oppressed, discriminated and forgotten in this world.

Basically all our resources have been exhausted. The elites of this world have designed a system to suffocate and weaken the legitimacy of our cause, by using violence in the streets and a press corps that lies, a cause that our people paid for with blood.

The sublime sacrifice of so many brothers will only be worth it, if we can twist the arm of the owners of the world, if this battle initiates a chain reaction that leads to the defense of the sovereignty of all Latin America.

We have given of ourselves, now it depends on You.

 http://www.rebelion.org/bolivia/031017carta.htm
photos 30.Nov.2003 21:05

kim sky TheBordersEdge@riseup.net

These are photos from the mid-October 2003 massacre at El Alto, Bolivia

They are taken from a Peru Indymedia feature at:
 http://peru.indymedia.org/news/2003/09/3078.php


and another photo in El Alto 30.Nov.2003 21:17

kim sky

Protesters with sticks and ancient rifles.