Bolivian Social Organizations Call March in Defense of Democracy
Cochabamba, May 7 (RHC) -- Social organizations in Bolivia have called a march for Wednesday, May 9th, in defense of democracy and the process of change led by President Evo Morales.
The initiative was decided at a meeting in the region of Cochabamba involving executives of the six workers’ confederations, assembly members, mayors and councillors, who made an analysis of the political and social situation of the country.
After the declaration of a state of emergency, social movements said that radical steps taken by the Confederation of Bolivian Workers, the strike called by the health sector, and march against a consultation in the indigenous territory only seek to destabilize the Andean nation.
In statements to local newspaper Cambio, the secretary general of the Confederation of Coca Growers of Cochabamba, Mario Castillo, said: “We decided to take action on Wednesday with 100 percent of our social organizations in defense of democracy and the process of change that has borne fruits only after much blood, sweat and tears.”
Castillo explained that at the meeting participants agreed on the need to mobilize to reject recent actions taken by some leaders of the Confederation of Bolivian Workers and other sectors, which in his opinion have politicized social demands.