The XI. The indigenous march, which covered about 600 kilometers between Trinidad and Santa Cruz, decided not to enter into dialogue with the ministers or vice ministers posted by the central government, as they would have the presence of the highest authorities of the four state powers, including President Luis Maple.
Former President of the Guaraní People’s Assembly and current member of the Guaraní Nation’s Continental Council, Celso Padilla, informed the ANF that the marching column would not meet with ministers or vice ministers, but with the high authorities of the four organs of the state.
“The dialogues are not carried out with ministers or vice ministers, but only with the heads of the institutions and the President (Luis Arce). That is, the executive, legislative, judicial and electoral branches, ”he said.
The government dispatched three deputy ministers on Thursday to start the dialogue: Citizen Security, Roberto Ríos; Coordination with social movements, Juan Villca, and indigenous justice, Gilvio Janayo.
Padilla insisted that a dialogue with the level of the deputy ministers of state was “completely out of the question” because his 14-point agenda required the highest authorities with decision-making powers.
The around 500 demonstrators recharge their batteries in the sports center of the Autonomous University of Gabriel René Moreno (Uagrm). There they await the response from the authorities of the four state agencies.
Abdón Justiniano, representative of the march, assured that they will wait for the answer from President Luis Arce and then plan the meeting. “We want to speak from president to president,” he said.
For his part, Ríos reiterated that the government was open to unconditional dialogue through the commission of three deputy ministers.
He said that this commission’s job is to wait for the indigenous march to officially submit its application form as this will make the dialogue work. He assured that the demands of the march were only known to the media.
There are 16 points. The first and most important has to do with the country and the territory. They call for the repeal and repeal of regulations and resolutions that make submission into indigenous territories possible.
“We reject and demand the immediate repeal of all resolutions of illegal settlements for violating the constitution and international norms,” the document says.
In addition, they call for the paralysis of extractive activities in indigenous territories, especially in polygon 7 of Tipnis.
The second point has to do with the Indigenous Fund, which is demanding the refund of 5 percent of the direct tax on hydrocarbons (IDH) for the benefit of the nations and peoples of the East, the Chaco and the Amazon.
There is a division between indigenous groups
The President of the Confederation of Indigenous Peoples of the Bolivian East (Cidob), Justo Molina, questioned the leaders of the indigenous march for failing to submit their petition and assured them that they were self-appointed.
Molina said the parallelism in indigenous organizations was due to political party interference, as happened last night when members of creemos welcomed the march in Santa Cruz.
Abdon Justiniano, the indigenous leader who led the march, said the Cidob had an affinity with the MAS government and that instead of defending the indigenous territory, they would hand it over.