During the “Wiphalazo” in Santa Cruz de la Sierra this Tuesday, President Luis Arce affirmed that Bolivians must learn to live with and respect all national symbols.
After 7:00 p.m., in the eastern capital, the president ended his participation in concentrations of social sectors related to the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) held that day to make amends for the Wiphala in the cities of Cochabamba and La Paz.
“The Bolivians have to learn to live with our national symbols, red, yellow and green are our flag, the wiphala is our flag and we have our patujú, our kantuta, our cockade, our national anthem and they are all our symbols. We have to respect them all, ”he said.
Arce held the national flag and a patujú flower with his left arm during his speech. Minutes earlier he danced the Cueca “Viva mi patria Bolivia”. The Executive Secretary of the Central Obrera Boliviana (COB), Juan Carlos Huarachi, also danced in the box at the foot of the Chiriguano monument.
The “Wiphalazo” was named precisely in the city of Santa Cruz, in Plaza 24 de Septiembre, during the anniversary of the Santa Cruz Department, the Wiphala was removed from one of the masts minutes after it was hoisted by David Choquehuanca, who took the position of the Chairman in office.
The head of state said that Bolivians have learned to look at themselves in the mirror and to recognize that everyone has indigenous blood inside them, be it Aymara, Quechua, Guaraní or someone else.
With this in mind, he affirmed that the Wiphala is “life, integration and union”, not discord because it is the colors of the rainbow that integrates the peoples and countries of the whole world.