More than 500 indigenous people between children and adults who supported a blockade of the road between San Ignacio de Mojos and San Borja in the Beni department lifted this measure this morning after the signing of agreements between the Mayor of San Ignacio, Carlos., On Abularach and the municipal council, from which they demanded clear information about the budgets of the indigenous municipal districts.
“After carefully discussing the difficulties related to this communal problem and after hearing those present who provided information on the matter, the following conclusions and agreements could be drawn to resolve each of the requirements of the different areas”, in the minutes of the agreements signed by the parties and disseminated by the Center for Legal Studies and Social Research (CEJIS).
The protest began on Sunday afternoon and lasted five days. The lawsuit revolved around an eight-point platform: indigenous autonomy and self-determination, rights and political representation, land and territory, the repeal of the Beni Land Use Plan (PLUS), the defense of TIPNIS, public works and access to basic as well as fulfillment their rights of access to health and education.
On Wednesday, the indigenous peoples met with the Vice Ministry of Autonomy and the Vice State Ministry of the Executive, with whom they signed letters of commitment regarding the areas of indigenous autonomy as well as land and territory.
Despite the signing of this protocol with the national executive, the indigenous organizations continued the blockade because their demands to the city government of San Ignacio de Mojos had not been complied with.
After a coming and going of invitation notes and responses to them between the mayor’s office and the mobilized indigenous organizations so that the dialogue can be established at the blockade point or San Ignacio de Mojos.
Finally, on Thursday, the indigenous authorities managed to get two councilors to the protest location to hear the demands; In the afternoon, the mayor also agreed with this decision and they sat at the more than 14-hour dialogue table, finally the parties agreed that the blockade could be lifted at dawn.
“We are glad that the authorities have spoken to us. This is the beginning of a joint work for the future so that we do not go back to work without consulting the indigenous peoples of Mojos,” said the President of the Central de Pueblos Mojeños del Beni (CPEMB), Fermin Cayuba.
The topics that were dealt with with the municipal administration were: the adjustment of the POAs of the indigenous municipal districts, as these were changed by the municipality without consulting the municipalities; the transformation of the parishes of San Lorenzo and San Francisco into indigenous parishes, where both the city executive and the legislature have agreed to make work on this matter feasible in their respective instances and according to their powers; and the governance conflict in the Mayor of TIPNIS Parish, where it was agreed that no one should be taken into office without the consensus of indigenous organizations; among other subjects.
The mobilization arose from the request of the Multiethnic Indigenous Territory (TIM I) to the state authorities to make their autonomy process sustainable. Then there were the Mojeño Ignaciano Indigenous Territory (TIMI), the Central Río Cercado Mamoré, the Bella Selva Community Subcentral, the Movima Indigenous People Subcentral (SPIM), the Movima Women’s Subcentral (SMIM), the Indigenous Central of Indigenous Communities of Lomerío (CICOL) ) of Santa Cruz, the Great Indigenous Council of San Ignacio de Mojos, the sub-center of the Indigenous Territory and the Isiboro Sécure National Park (TIPNIS), the indigenous territory of the Cavineña Nation, the Chimán Indigenous Territory (TICH), which added other requirements to the Platform. Between Monday and Thursday morning the delegations from the indigenous areas Movima and Cavineño, Beni and the headquarters of the indigenous peoples of La Paz (CPILAP) joined the action.