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SEPTEMBER 2020

Bolivia: Social Movements Prepare For Major Confrontation With Post-Coup Regime, National Blockade Starts Monday

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Bolivia: Social Movements Prepare For Major Confrontation With Post-Coup Regime, National Blockade Starts Monday

The social mobilizations reinitiated in force last week

During a mass mobilization last week social movements declared the commencement of a general nationwide strike, and that they will initiate a blockade of major roads throughout the country on Monday the 3rd of August if the interim post-coup regime doesn’t back down from its attempts to further delay elections scheduled for the 6th of September.

In a massive open assembly held in the city of Alto to condemn the announcement that national elections have been postponed until 18 October, the trade union confederation Central Obrera Bolivia (COB) and other major social movements demanded that the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) confirm that national presidential and legislative elections will be held on the 6th of September as required by the relevant electoral law. On Monday, the social movements will begin an indefinite general strike and nationwide blockade of major roads.

“At the request of the social organizations of El Alto, of the 20 provinces of the department of La Paz, of the Tupaj Katari Federation, of the provincial trade union confederation, collectives of the north of Potosí, miners, factories, builders, community councils, parents and youth organizations have asked that as of today the indefinite general strike be declared”, the executive of the Central Obrera Boliviana (COB), Juan Carlos Huarachi, announced following the assembly.

The massive march preceding the assembly began in Senkata, where dozens of Bolivians were killed during the repression last year, and stretched for several kilometres from the streets of the city of El Alto. There were also mobilizations in other regions throughout the country.

The movements also expressed their disagreement with the policies that have been implemented by the regime of Jeanine Añez, which have generated economic instability, unemployment and crisis throughout the state apparatus, in addition to the many acts of corruption that have been revealed during its short term in office. LINK

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