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BLOOD IN THE ALTIPLANO

by Juventudes Libertarias, Bolivia. Monday, Jul. 02, 2001 at 10:29 AM
jjll_bolivia@hotmail.com

In complicity with the union bueracracats, the government has initiated a military operation of genocide, has accused the peasants of drunkenness, Because they say that one cannot concieve how there could exist people in their right mind who defy bullets with sticks and rocks. To their murderous troops, they have added military aircraft and have announced that that will shoot to kill if the roadblocks are not lifted.

errorBLOOD IN THE ALTIPLANO (27-06-01).
Severo Mamani was 48 years old and had 9 children, an
Aymara peasant that lived in one of the most miserable
places on the planet, the Bolivian altiplano. His
poverty was such that his few crops scarecely served
for self-sustenance. But weary of racism, of being
exploited by a system that treated him like an animal,
he went out on June 21 to blockade the highway,
together with other peasants, demanding dignity,
bread, education for his children, health for his
family, definitively demanding the end of capitalism,
which in this country has been aggravated since 1985,
when decree 21060 initiated neoliberalism. It is
precisely this decree that his protest aimed to
abolish. But it all ended for him when, on June 27,
he fell dead from a gunshot. The bullet entered his
arm, went through his chest and exited through the
other side It left him lying in the middle of the
straw, dusty, with his eyes open. He left nine
orphaned children, the oldest of them 30 and the
youngest 3. Who has the duty of providing for our
children? cried his wife Evarista Flores between
sobs(?) of pain his wife Evarista Flores.

Severo Mamani was found more than half a kilometer
from the highway that connections Laja with La Paz
when a fragment of the army moved against the group of
peasants that blocked the way. It was difficult to
escape from the military aggression. The witnesses
say that they tried in vain to take cover from the
bullets by lying on the ground. There was no
confrontation, the army just arrived and began to
fire.

The community to which Severo Mamani and the other
neighbors belonged was not disposed to turn the other
cheek. We are armed and starting tomorrow we are
going to meet bullet with bullet, fire with fire,
because we are not going to be killed like swine, one
peasant declared while helping to carry the body of
his comrade.

The violence also reached the other side of the
altiplano. In the crossroads of Pucarani three people
were wounded by gunshots. Isabel Quispe received a
blow in the abdomen, Rolando Lucana was hit by a
bullet in the hand and Freddy Quispe Lpez, comunario
of Corpata, was wounded in the right thigh This last
individual was found digging potatos from his parcel
when he was shot from a very great distance.

In their repressive toil, the armed forces occupy in a
completely arbitrary manner various educational
centers on the altiplano. Thus forty soldiers can be
found in the Calama de Palcoco school, and another 80
have taken the San Salvador de Patamanta school.

The abuses are repeated from village to village,
levelling houses and ransacking them. In their toil
to find the leaders, the soldiers have detained those
elderly that were unable to escape. Among those
captured are some over 80 years old, such as Julin
Poma, whose son denounced the excesses of the troops.

These scenes are now quotidian in impoverished
Bolivia, goverened by a fascist administration led by
General Banzer and which, with the coming of the
American government, has assasinated more than fifty
people in social protests.

The Bolivian working class is gathering conscience of
their strengths, and on more than one occasion has put
the government in check. During the last month a huge
peasant mobilization expelled the military troops from
the Yungas, a region where they grow coca and which
the army has aimed to militarize.

But thousands of organized peasants have forced the
army to recede and edged the government into signing a
promise to respect the coca growers, which by and
large produce a crop intended for traditional
consumption.

Right now an iron(?) resistence of the health workers
and teachers has avoided the privatization of those
services, coming triumphantly out of a strike nearly a
month in duration, which ended June 27th.

But the mobilizations are not limited to those
sectors: it is a great popular movement that has
transformed the streets and the countryside into
trenches of resistence to the Banzer government, which
has undoubtedly planted corpses of workers in cities
and highways, while the bourgeois imperalism rains
praise on the fascist gorilla Banzer, whose
administration has been classified, by international
bodies, as the most corrupt in the Americas and the
seventh most corrupt in the world.

The international press and the governments of the
world are silent before the atrocious reality that
lives in Bolivia, because they know that what is
gestating here is an authentic organized
anticapitalist proletarian movement, which can become
a dangerous example for the worlds powerful.

In complicity with the union bueracracats, the
government has initiated a military operation of
genocide, has accused the peasants of drunkenness,
Because they say that one cannot concieve how there
could exist people in their right mind who defy
bullets with sticks and rocks. To their murderous
troops, they have added military aircraft and have
announced that that will shoot to kill if the
roadblocks are not lifted. Furthermore they will
initiate a fercious butchery of the peasant leaders.

Anarchists call for a class defense of Felipe Quispe
El Mallku, today with a warrant for his arrest.
We aren't agree with his caudillist [personal aggrandizement as
leader] adventurism and his authoritarianism, but we
are conscious that when the borgeuois State injures
one worker, it is an injury to all.


We call for international actions against the Banzer
government, to propagandize the struggle of the
Bolivian workers, to break the wall of silence that
the international media has raised, to denounce the
unchallenged crimes against humanity of the Bolivian
state.

LONG LIVE WORKER-PEASANT UNITY! FOR THE END OF
CAPITALISM, INTERNATIONAL CLASS ACTION! TOWARDS
LIBERTARIAN COMMUNISMLONG LIVE THE SOCIAL REVOLUTION!



Juventudes Libertarias, Bolivia.
Anarcho-communist group
Email: jjll_bolivia@hotmail.com
Spanish Web site: www.come.to/jlb
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