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Turmoil in Bolivia: Ungovernability, Uncontrolled Pandemic, Economic Crisis, and Postponement of the Elections
August 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 @ 7PM
The right-wing government of Bolivia that usurped power in a coup last November, announced the postponement of the general elections from September to October 2020. These announcements take place at a time when the candidate of the Towards Socialism Movement (MAS) Luis Arce indisputably leads the citizens’ preference to occupy the Presidency of the republic. Former President Evo Morales warned that “a delay in the election date will only harm the people because of the ungovernability, the uncontrolled pandemic, and the economic crisis…The de facto government wants to gain more time to continue its persecution against social leaders and Socialist candidates. That is another form of proscription. That is why it does not want elections on Sept. 6.”
On July 22, the Bolivia’s Police reported that 420 bodies were collected from the streets, houses, or vehicles in five days. Those corpses were collected in two large cities, La Paz (141) and Santa Cruz (191). The authorities also recognized that at least four out of every five corpses correspond to people who probably died from COVID-19.
Adriana Guzman Arroyo is a leader of The Anti-Patriarchal Communitarian Feminism in Bolivia. she is recognized for her studies and political experience in Popular Education, Education Sciences and Feminism, organizations that strengthen the energy of Community Feminism. She was born in La Paz, Bolivia and studied Educational Sciences at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia. She was part of the social movements that faced the gas massacre in 2003.
Moderator: Kevin Young. Professor Kevin Young teaches history at UMASS Amherst. His main research and teaching interests are in modern Latin America. He is the author of the book “Blood of the Earth: Resource Nationalism, Revolution, and Empire in Bolivia” (2017) and is the co-author of the recently published book “Levers of Power: How the 1% Rules and What the 99% Can Do About It”.
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Sponsored by: The Latin America Solidarity Coalition of Western Mass, Massachusetts Peace Action.