No to the coup in Bolivia
Parliament Square, London. Sat 30 Nov 2019
South Americans hold posters and the Wiphala flag representing the
indigenous peoples of the Andes, in
Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and parts of Argentina, Chile and Colombia.
It has a particular significance in Bolivia
where the first president of indigenous descent, Evo Morales, established
it in the constitution as a dual flag
for the Bolivian nation.
'Evo Estamos Contigo' - Evo we're with you -'What happened in #Bolivia
is a #Coup'
Bolivia has large lithium deposits, possibly the largest in the world,
and Evo Morales wants the exploitation of
these to benefit the Bolivian people rather than the shareholders
of US and other international companies and
would take them into public ownership. So the US and other Western
countries have supported right-wing
groups in Bolivia to stir up protests following his successful re-election.
Micaela Bastidas, and ealry indigenous leader, led a rebellion against
Spanish rule in Peru in 1781 and was executed by the Spanish
Right-wing groups led protests and riots which eventually forced Evo
Morales to resign and seek refuge in Mexico
The fight lead a racist campaign of terror, killing over 30 people
who protested against the coup
They attacked people who carried the Wiphala, tore it down from the
government buildings all of which flew it
and burnt it. Police and military were shown cutting it off of their
A decree made by the new right-wing government gave the military immunity
from prosecution when 'controlling'
crowds of protesters, enabling them to kill and injure the protesters
without any legal consequences.
Bolivia Solidarity Campaign banner - it celebrates the nationalisation
of the oil industry.
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