SNAPSHOTS OF THE DEVELOPING STRUGGLE
Dateline 18 November 2019—
Evo's indigenous supporters are trying to encircle La Paz to force the resignation of Jeanine Añez. They are also trying to seize centers of fuel distribution to increase the pressure on the government. So far the situation is fluid and unstable, as the resistance tries to acquire more traction and coordination.
TELESUR—The Coup and crisis of democracy
The tug of war between the US-supported fascist cliques acting as Bolivia's new government and Evo's Constitutionalist supporters is aggravated by fuel shortages triggered by indigenous blockages of fuel depots, a painful but necessary tactical move since the people at this point completely lack the offensive ("security") capabilities of the putschists. This has created, inter alia, sanitary threats since garbage collection trucks have no gasoline to operate in any of the major cities, as well as food shortages in La Paz and El Alto (the Evo loyalists main fortress).
TELESUR—Bolivia: Neighbors maintain blockade of gasoline distributor in El Alto
Neighbors in the city of El Alto (a predominantly indigenous community) have been blocking the gasoline and diesel distribution plant for three days as a protest to demand the resignation of Jeanine Áñez and reject the coup against Evo Morales. (17 Nov. 2019)
TELESUR—Fuel and food are scarce in La Paz and El Alto (Escasea combustible y alimentos en La Paz y El Alto)
Since last Saturday, when the UN envoy began his work to promote dialogue in Bolivia, and until a few minutes ago in southern La Paz, a senior official of the de facto government, representatives of the MAS (indigenous) movement, and the European Union were assembled, although no information on this parley has been released. At the social level, the mass mobilizations of peasant and indigenous sectors that had given 48 hours for Senator Jeanine Áñez to resign, continue their siege around the facilities that provide fuel to La Paz and El Alto, and this has reduced the vehicular traffic and the provision of food, generating [shortages] an increase in prices. (teleSUR)
Medea Benjamin joins marchers in Bolivia, who shout "¿Donde esta la prensa...la prensa mentirosa!" (Where is the press..the lying press?!)
Presencia de EEUU en golpe en Bolivia está clara y documentada
Attending a protest rally in front of the US embassy in Mexico City, leading Mexican public intellectual and international analyst Gilberto Lopez declares that the US presence in coup in Bolivia is clear and documented. (15 Nov 2019)
Bolivian U.N. Ambassador: “Racist Elite” Engineered Coup to Restore Neoliberalism in Bolivia
19 November 2019
Thousands marched across Bolivia Monday to demand the resignation of Jeanine Áñez, the right-wing senator who declared herself president of Bolivia last week after longtime socialist President Evo Morales resigned under pressure from the military. The coup d’état has thrown Bolivia into crisis, with violence across the country leaving at least 23 dead. On Friday, the military gunned down nine pro-Morales protesters outside Cochabamba, where indigenous people took to the streets again on Monday. Thousands more marched to the presidential palace in La Paz. The wave of protests are condemning the spike in anti-indigenous violence under interim President Áñez and demanding the return of Evo Morales.
Áñez has a history of using racist, anti-indigenous language, and last week she issued a decree protecting the military from prosecution for violent acts and said that Morales would face prosecution if he returned to Bolivia. Morales is Bolivia’s first indigenous president, and Bolivia has a majority indigenous population. We speak with Sacha Llorenti, Bolivian ambassador to the United Nations since 2012. “We are going through not just a coup d’état, but a violent one,” Llorenti says.
La región convulsionada por Chile y Bolivia
(The convulsed region of Chile and Bolivia) • Channel: TPA (Argentinian Public Broadcasting)
Agustina Garino, an international relations specialist, analyzed the popular uprisings in Chile and Bolivia, and highlighted the role of the Argentine media in covering both conflicts. Broadcast by Argentine Public Television on November 18, 2019.
CHILE—TN—The Argentine TV channel Todo Noticias (TN) has provided an impressive record of the unyielding resistance bu Chileans, as they engage in day-long encounters and skirmishes with the security. Note the predominant age of the protesters—young—and the clever way they are beginning to improvise defensive weapons: shields, barricades, and similar things, Eventually, if the struggle does not resolve soon, the people will seek to acquire and produce firearms, and probably even bombs, as this generation does not seem ready to be intimidated or massacred with impunity. This time the pacification of Chile will prove a lot tougher.
Note: These images were first captured LIVE on 13 Nov 2019, by an Argentinian TV crew, but similar events have been taking place ever since. Since Chile stood up, the "sociedad movilizada" has been going on for a month now, and shows no signs of yielding without major changes.
CHILE-TN Fragmento de Está Pasando del miércoles 13 de noviembre de 2019 Ignacio Otero desde Santiago de Chile, cubriendo los graves enfrentamientos entre los manifestantes y Carabineros.
The clashes recorded here took place in Santiago's epicenter—Plaza Italia—the heart of the city, facing the Alameda boulevard, Santiago's own Champs Elysees, where many rallies and clashes have already taken place. The spirit of this new generation of activists is reflected in their refusal to accept the past standards as an immutable given. That's why Plaza Italia (Italy Square), has now been renamed by them as "Plaza de la Dignidad" (Dignity Square).
Chile: Graves enfrentamientos entre Carabineros y manifestantes en Santiago • (Serious clashes between police and protesters in Santiago).
^5000The mainstream imperialist media lie CONSTANTLY. Literally 24/7. And it's getting worse.
All of them do it: radio, tv, the newspapers, the movies. The internet. No exceptions.
The corporate Big Lie is pervasive and totalitarian. CBS does it. NBC does it. ABC does it.
CNN does it. FOX does it. NPR does it. And of course the NYTimes and WaPo do it.
Thousands of "diverse" voices telling you the same lies. Enough to convince anyone.
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