[Marxism] Bolivia's first territory free of USAID

Fred Fuentes fred.fuentes at gmail.com
Thu Jun 26 20:44:56 MDT 2008

 Social organisations of the tropics decide to expel USAID from the

Shinahota (Cochabamba), June 24 (ABI) - The social organisations of the
tropics of Cochabamba, represented by the six federations of coca producers
and peasants, together with the municipalities of this region, decided to
expel USAID from this part of the country.

In order to achieve this objective, they decided that the municipalities,
social organisations and non government organisations had until June 26 to
put an end to any agreement they have with this American entity, accused of
conspiring against the government of president Evo Morales.

Starting from Wednesday June 25, each one of the federations will begin to
remove all USAID notices from the different projects done in collaboration
with the municipalities and the social organisations themselves. "Not a
single vestige of this foreign organisatons should remain in all the
tropics" assured the deputy, Asterio Romero, in declarations made to Radio
Kawsachun Coca.

"The Chapare has been dignified at the national and international level
because of its struggle in defence of the homeland and the fact that it has
been consequent with its fight. We have therefore decided to kick out USAID
from the Chapare, by June 26" affirmed the parliamentarian.

He expressed the fact that the coca cultivators and peasants of the region
had decided that, starting from that day, there should not be a single piece
of evidence left of this project financed by the United Status.

"No agreement can remain in place, or one single office, or a billboard, or
absolutely anything that mentions its presence in this region" expressed

Asked about the motives behind this decision, he affirmed that there exist
serious indications that USAID is encouraging and promoting groups such as
the Cruceñista Youth Union that sowed violence and fear in the departments
where consultations on autonomy statutes were held.

"It can not be that, on one hand, they say they are cooperating and, on the
other, they are causing so much damage, fanning confrontations between
Bolivians" he pointed out.

In this context, Romero denounced that USAID now finds itself involved in
the planning of a coup against the government of president Evo Morales.

"They are even looking to end his life, that is why, with that same dignity
with which we have begun to the Democratic and Cultural Revolution, we have
taken this decision" indicated Romero.

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