There will be a meeting in London on 24th August where you can find out more about the latest achievements of a little landlocked Latin American country, and discuss its political future.
In January 2006 Evo Morales took office as the new president of Bolivia, becoming the first Bolivian president to have indigenous roots. During the 13 years he spent in power, the country saw economic growth of nearly 5% per year, double the average in other South American countries.
While remaining the poorest Latin American country, extreme poverty has fallen by more than half, according to the World Bank. Besides, since the beginning of his presidency, Morales helped the indigenous and mestizo peoples to make social and economic progress.
During his government, he nationalised the oil and gas companies, and with the proceeds coming from those energy companies he has been able to reinvest in education and healthcare. Also, he managed to connect the very poor peripheries of the cities to the areas where there is a growth of work.
President Morales, a former leader of a coca-growers’ union, has won the past three elections fairly and with a high majority. Now, in October 2019, the landlocked country will again go to vote to elect a new President.
Thus, the Suma Qamana group – in English Living Well – is organising “The process of change in Bolivia”, an event in London in support of the re-election of Evo Morales. The group say that during the past 13 years, Bolivia, went through an economic, social and cultural revolution, and, those achievements, will be celebrated at the meeting.
The Bolivian constitution set a maximum of three mandates for the presidency. In 2016 Morales called for a national referendum to repeal those limits. Unfortunately for him, 51% of the voters rejected his request, but one year later the constitutional court lifted the terms limits, giving him the chance to run for the fourth time.
Now, among many Bolivians there is growing fear that he might hold onto office whatever the result of the vote. While others think that if he wins at the next election it will mean he will keep office for the rest of his life, never handing over the office to any successor.
Suma Qamana was born in 2018 to oppose the Bolivian far right-wing, and they realised that there was a lack of representation in London, so Bolivian people gathered together to support the historic process of change in Bolivia.
Moreover, as they stated: “Fascism and racism are re-appearing in the world, including Latin America. Bolivia is no strange to these attacks. There are too many lies told against many Latin American countries including Bolivia and we would like to tell the truth and set the record straight. We want to ensure that the same old elite, who ransacked our country, do not take back power in the next election and undo everything the Bolivian people have fought for. We want to tell them to respect our sovereignty and our self-determination and continue our struggle against neo-colonialism and neoliberalism”.
The organizers believe that “there is a lack of understanding of what is happening in the Plurinational State of Bolivia and we would like to increase awareness on the progress that Bolivia has achieved since the people elected Evo Morales and Alvaro Linera”.
During the event, representatives of solidarity groups, comrades and others will be at the microphone, but Bolivian people will be and remain the main speakers.
Date and place: Saturday, 24 August 2019 at 4 pm. at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) 10 Thornhaugh Street, WC1H 0XG London, United Kingdom. For further information, visit the suma Quamana facebook page.