An acid test

Fidel Warns of US Attempt to Disintegrate Bolivia

WHILE on May 1st, Workers Day, our people are joyfully celebrating this year, which marks half a century since the triumph of the Revolution and the 70th anniversary of the creation of the CTC, our sister republic of Bolivia, committed to the health, education and guaranteed security of its people, is just a few days or even hours away from suffering dramatic events.

As horrifying news arrives from all over the world about the scarcity and cost of food, the price of energy, climate change and inflation, problems that are being presented in unison for the first time as vital questions, imperialism is bent on breaking up Bolivia and subjecting it to alienating work and hunger.

In that country, four of the economically-strongest departments, with the Santa Cruz oligarchies in the vanguard, are aspiring to proclaim their independence, and have projected, with the help of the empire, a program of referendums, for which the mass media has prepared the ground and the opinions of voters with all kinds of illusions and deception.

The armed forces, by virtue of their historic role in a country that has been attacked and divested of access to the sea and other vital resources, do not want Bolivia’s disintegration, but the Yankee plan, perfidiously conceived, is to utilize certain anti-patriotic military groups to get rid of Evo in the interest of unity, something that would be a merely formal gesture once the transnational corporations take over basic productive industries. Imperialism’s dictate is to punish and get rid of Evo.

This is the moment for denunciation and truth.

For not having foreseen and reflected on the factors that have led to a profound international crisis, "every man for himself!" would seem to be the cry currently heard in many parts of the world.

For the peoples and governments of Latin America, it will be an acid test. For our doctors and educators, anything that happens in the country where they are carrying out their noble and peaceful work, it will be one as well. They, in situations of danger, they will not abandon their patients or students.

More than 10,000 intellectuals in express support for Evo Morales government

UNITED NATIONS.—To date, more than 10,000 intellectuals and close to 300 organizations and institutions all over the world have condemned the conspiratorial maneuvers of oligarchic groups against the government of President Evo Morales of Bolivia.

Bolivia is LatAm Voice, Nobel Winner

Santa Cruz, Bolivia, May 3 (Prensa Latina) The 1980 Nobel Peace Prize winner Argentinean Adolfo Perez Esquivel spoke highly here of the significance of Bolivia for the rest of Latin America, a continent that has started to speak with its own voice.

“Welcome to the Axis of Evil”—Bolivian President Evo Morales to Paraguayan President-Elect Fernando Lugo

Bolivian President Evo Morales went to New York in April to deliver the keynote address at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez had the opportunity to interview him.

Illegal Autonomy Referendum Deepens Division in Bolivia

Santa Cruz and the other lowland departments of Bolivia plan to go ahead with a referendum to approve autonomy statutes, setting a new system of government for the department on May 4th, in spite of the National Electoral Court ruling forbidding the referendum and the disapproval of the international community.

The Santa Cruz Autonomy Vote: What People are Saying

The attention of most people in Bolivia this weekend, and thousands of others who watch Bolivia from afar, will be on the vote Sunday in the department of Santa Cruz on a proposed ‘autonomy’ plan.