The gold diggers and the Confederation of Cooperatives of Bolivia (Concobol) have rejected the bill against legitimizing illegal profits, warning President Luis Arce to respect the constitution or to respect it on the streets.
“Either we think about the president or the cabinet to pass consensual laws, or we meet on the street and see who wins,” Concobol vice president Braulio Arguedas said at a press conference with representatives of the gold mining industry.
The heads of state and government agreed that their demands are not political but defend their sector, which, like other self-governing companies such as trade unions and transport companies, believes that they will be affected by the regulatory project.
Arguedas said that Concobol will enforce respect for the plurinational state and has supported the change process since 2006, but they do not know what is happening to the current government that is enacting laws that run counter to the interests of social movements.
At the press conference, the heads of state and government expressed their opposition to the actions of the government and surprised them with laws affecting their sector without prior consensus.
Arguedas claimed that Luis Arce was breaking his government promise by listening to social organizations.
“To the president and his cabinet: either we respect the political constitution of the state or social movements like Concobol and cooperatives, we will enforce the constitution in the streets and in struggle,” he added.
The gold cooperatives sector also denounced that no progress was being made on the points agreed in the dialogue at the end of August when the miners mobilized with a petition to the government.
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The director of the Regional Association of Gold Mining Cooperatives of the North of La Paz (Fecoman), Vicente Choque, confirmed that the leach project is undermining his interests for his sector.
He stressed that his position had nothing to do with politics and urged civilians not to take advantage of this situation.
The leaders also criticized the National Federation of Mining Cooperatives (Fencomin’s) interference in matters affecting their sector, warning that they could move to withdraw from Concobol at a meeting due the following week.