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BOLIVIA: SEVERAL CITIES ASKING FOR THE HEAD OF THE PRESIDENT (english)
by Econoticiasbolivia (Translated by: Latinsol)
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14 Oct 2003
Modified: 15 Oct 2003
Union leaders calling for President Sanchez de Lozada resignation, some areas of the military would also be joining the call. Thousadns marching to La Paz to reinforce the mobilizations.
SEVERAL CITIES ASKING FOR THE HEAD OF PRESIDENT GONZALO SANCHEZ DE LOZADA
translated by: Latinsol
La Paz, October 14, 2003 (hr. 19:10).- A multitude of thousands and thousands of workers and residents of the main cities of Bolivia's interior have demanded today the resignation of president Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, in relentless mobilizations centered up to now in the highlands area.
Supported by these gigantic manifestations, that open a new and dangerous front against the neoliberal government throughout the occident and the valley regions, the miner Jaime Solares, top leader of the Bolivian Workers Central (COB) called today for the people to remain firm and to deepen the social mobilization to recover the gas and oil for all Bolivians.
"We are not going to back-down", he said this evening in the middle of precarious barricades being raised in a centric area of the city of La Paz, while a total halt of activities is kept in La Paz and El Alto.
Solares made a call to labour and social organizations to immediately set up "committees of self-defence to stop groups of vandals that want to take advantage of the social revolution" and to impede that government irregular groups detain and repress the leaders of the protest.
"The only way to pacify the country is that Goni (Sanchez de Lozada) abandon the government", warned the leader of the COB, entity that groups workers, peasants and middle class unions of Bolivia, strengthened by a growing popular mobilization that has quickly grown in the interior of the country.
The mobilizations were of great multitudes in Cochabamba, Oruro, Potosi, Sucre and in the north of Santa Cruz in Yapacani, where thousands and thousands of workers, students, sectors of the middle class and residents of the poorest neighbourhoods won the streets in repudiation of the massacre unleashed in La Paz and El Alto. The multitudes demanded the immediate resignation of Sanchez de Lozada.
"Out Sanchez de Lozada, out of Bolivia", demanded, for example, the executive of Sucre's Workers Central before multitudes few times seen in the history of the city.
From other smaller districts there was also information about marches and blockades and the beginning of marches in direction to La Paz to reinforce the popular struggle, that began to agitate from bellow once again, from the grass roots.
"We must deepen the social mobilization", signalled Solares, by reassuring that the overwhelming mass movement that is taking place throughout the country will not take long to burry Sanchez de Lozada and to neutralize the fire capacity of the Army, that up to now has left 64 dead and two hundred wounded within the civilian population.
"I call on the brothers, patriotic military personnel, to stop firing against their people", said Solares, while a pronunciation attributed to a group from the military who would have decided to demand the resignation of Sanchez de Lozada, was made known through the radial network Erbol .
At the closing of this dispatch, in La Paz and El Alto during the entire day there was a precarious truce, interrupted at times by disorder and clashes between the military against peasants and residents in the southern outskirts of the government quarters.
Today, the neighbours of the two cities in sisterhood for the massacres made a break in the struggle to keep vigil over their dead, to heal the wounded and to entrust their lives to the mother land before resuming the battle.
Hunger Strikers Demands (english)
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15 Oct 2003
The Ex Defensora del Pueblo, Ana Maria Romero de Campero, Sacha Llorenti from Bolivian Human Rights Assembly and other people initiated the first hunger strike asking the Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada resignation. Call the Bolivian Embassy in solidarity: 202.483.4410
English version below.
NO MAS MUERTOS: SUCESION CONSTITUCIONAL
Consternados por la violenta represión gubernamental contra los sectores sociales movilizados, y ante la gravísima crisis política que ha paralizado a Bolivia, las ciudadanas y ciudadanos que suscribimos este pronunciamiento nos declaramos en HUELGA DE HAMBRE y:
Exigimos el cese inmediato de toda acción represiva por parte del gobierno contra el pueblo.
Exhortamos al sectores sociales movilizados a deponer toda acción conducente a la violencia, optando por la lucha pacífica en defensa de la democracia.
Solicitamos la inmediata renuncia del Lic. Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada a la Presidencia de la República, para permitir la sucesión constitucional y la conformación de un gobierno de unidad nacional presidido por el actual Vicepresidente de la República.
Invocamos a las Fuerzas Armadas y a la Policia que, en sujeción a su mandato constitucional, defienda la seguridad pública, los derechos humanos y las libertades democráticas amenazadas por la irracional determinación de sofocar por la fuerza el descontento popular.
Convocamos a los ciudadanos y ciudadanas comprometidos con la democracia a sumarse a esta iniciativa y masificar la huelga de hambre en todo el país concurriendo a las parroquias y templos de cada barrio hasta lograr la pacificación y unión de los bolivianos, asumiendo esta extrema determinación con absoluta responsabilidad y honestidad como una demostración de que el camino de la lucha es y debe ser pacífico.
Primer piquete de huelga, Parroquia de María Auxiliadora, La Paz.
La Paz, 15 de octubre de 2003
NO MORE KILLING: CONSTITUTIONAL SUCCESSION
Concerned by the government?s repression and violence against mobilized social sectors in protest, and in the face of a deep political crisis that has paralyzed Bolivia, the citizens of sign onto the following pronouncement and we declare ourselves in hunger strike, and:
We demand the immediate cessation of all repressive actions of the government against the people
We exhort the mobilized social sectors in protest to put aside actions that would lead to further violence, and opt for peaceful forms of struggle in defense of democracy
We call for the immediate resignation of president Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, to allow for a constitutional succession and the conformation of a government of national unity, presided over by vice president of the republic.
We call on the Armed Forces and the Police, flowing their constitutional mandate, to defend public security, human rights and democratic liberties under threat by the irrational determination to suffocate popular discontent
We call on citizens committed to democracy to join this initiative and make massive the hunger strike all over the country in temples and parishes in every neighborhood, until will achieve the pacification an union of all Bolivians, assuming this extreme measure with absolute responsibility and honesty as a demonstration that the path of struggle must be peaceful.
First Hunger Strike Site, Maria Auxiliadora Parish, La Paz, Bolivia
15 October 2003
Ana Maria Romero de Campero
Jose Antonio Quiroga
? y se van sumando otros.
...and more people.