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International Liaison Committee for a Workers International (ILC)
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INTRODUCTION (reprinted from ILC International Newsletter No. 303)
Bolivia-Venezuela: Expulsion of U.S. ambassadors
No to United States interference!
Government representatives of the United States are accused of conspiracy against the sovereignty of both countries
In two days, the governments of Bolivia and Venezuela expelled the American ambassadors, accusing them, with supporting evidence, of plotting against the sovereignty and integrity of their countries.... For months and months, through all means (repeated attempts of coup d'état in Venezuela, secessionist activities in Bolivia), the U.S. government has sought to get rid of Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales for taking steps in the interests of their peoples and the sovereignty of their nations. What is at stake is the possibility for all peoples of Latin America to be sovereign, to enjoy their wealth and freely decide their future.
On August 10, 2007, by giving more than 67% of the votes to President Morales during the recall referendum, workers and the people of Bolivia once again clearly took a position in favor of national unity and the continuation of the process of nationalizations initiated by the Evo Morales government.
But the U.S. embassy has not ceased plotting to wipe out this act of sovereignty. With the secessionist prefects, it began to push the country into chaos. Paramilitary groups have not hesitated to storm public buildings. They sabotaged the pipeline delivering gas to Brazil and Argentina.
Speaking solemnly to the COB (Bolivian Workers Central) and all social movements," President Morales has appealed to all to "defend democracy and unity of the country."
The Confederation of Industrial Workers, a member of the COB, said: "It is the responsibility of the working class to take charge of defending the unity of the country to solve the core problems as the full nationalization of hydrocarbons, to repeal the decrees (of the previous governments) establishing precarious employment and privatization of pensions, etc."
In a statement dated September 12, La Chispa, an organization linked to the ILC in Bolivia, called for "a united front of the COB with the government, MAS and peasant and popular organizations to organize for the unity of the country against the oligarchy and imperialism. " We publish this declaration herewith:
United Front of the COB and President Morales to defend democracy and the unity of Bolivia
Declaration of "La Chispa" (organisation linked to the ILC in Bolivia)
"I call on all social movements and the COB to defend democracy and the unity of the country." (Statement by President Evo Morales, September 11, 2008)
The situation in Bolivia is increasingly dangerous. U.S. imperialism, with the oligarchies, is willing to go to all out in its destructive efforts: "If the government wants civil war, it will have it," said the regionalist Santa Cruz leader, Milton Valdez. Divide our territory, create confrontations between Bolivians to allow our natural resources to be controlled by the multinational corporations. That is the objective of the oligarchy!
In the referendum of August 10 the vast majority of the Bolivian population, 67%, said "Yes" to Evo Morales, "Yes" to the unity of Bolivia, "Yes" to the revolutionary process underway. In the departments of the East, the electoral results for the president greatly increased, showing that the population is increasingly conscious of the political division of oligarchies and is ready to fight to defend the unity of the country.
In this context, the oligarchy has stepped up its own measures and blocked the roads. It fears losing what it currently controls. It has raided more than 25 public institutions, it took control of the pipeline in Sucre. It blew up the pipeline in the Chaco [border with Brazil-- Tr. note]. The damage caused by these fascist bands is over 100 million dollars.
We support the government of Evo Morales for expelling the ambassador of the United States. We also support Chavez's decision to do the same thing, and we support demonstrations of workers, peasants and young people throughout the world in support of Bolivia's unity and sovereignty.
What is happening in Bolivia is crucial for the development of the revolution in Latin America and beyond. The confrontation between revolution and counter-revolution marks the situation on the continent.
Yes, U.S. imperialism provides the finances for Costas, Marin Kovick, Tutorials [regionalist leaders -- Tr. Note] to divide and tear up Bolivia. These individuals must be sentenced and jailed. They are the lackeys of imperialism. They are guilty of murder (massacre of Pando), following the clashes incited by gangs paid by the secessionist city governments against the peasants. It is no coincidence the deaths are of peasants who are fighting for a united Bolivia.
Armed groups, including the Youth Union of Santa Cruz, use weapons and explosives supplied by the oligarchies. At the same time, the population has only stones and sticks. Despite this, we are fighting with courage for the integrity of Bolivia.
It is urgent that our Bolivian Workers Confederation (COB) respond to the call of Evo, who stated: "I appeal to the COB and all social movements to defend democracy and the unity of the country."
Yes, the COB should be at the forefront of the struggle to defeat the separatists. It is necessary that the COB, together with the government and the MAS, along with all the peasant and popular organizations, form a united front to organize concrete actions and ensure the country's unity against the oligarchy and imperialism.
The unity of the nation is the condition for deepening the struggle for the Agenda of October.
September 12, 2008, declaration of La Chispa,
Sympathizing group of the ILC