During the XI. As the indigenous people march in defense of their territory and identity, the ruling Movement to Socialism (MAS) is initiating a series of actions to undermine this mobilization. Yesterday morning a group of interculturalists affiliated with the Blue Party tried to stop the march while government agencies and leaders were unaware of this movement and its representativeness by the state media.
The deputy of Creemos Ricahrd Ribera Salas denounced on social networks that “intercultural assumptions threaten the indigenous march”.
“Today (yesterday) at 8:40 am the indigenous march in Cerro Grande was intercepted by interculturalists; They tried to remove the banner from the march and there was a risk of clashes, 15 km away is the intercultural community of Santa Maria. We are demanding guarantees for our indigenous peoples, ”he said.
While this was happening on the highway connecting Beni to Santa Cruz, the government, through state media, questioned the indigenous march and discredited its representativeness.
The Deputy Minister for Autonomies, Álvaro Ruíz, discredited the march and assured that the mobilized did not submit a specific petition to the authorities.
“So far we do not know what the request is, who are the authorities that promote or carry out, on the contrary, we would like to know their request to at least analyze it, evaluate it,” Ruiz said in an interview with Bolivia on television.
In addition to this government consultation, there was criticism from indigenous leaders in connection with the MAS.
Carlos Fabricano of Tipnis Subcentral said those leading the indigenous movement, including Marcial Fabricano and Adolfo Chávez, are “recycled and unrepresented leaders”.
“Those leading the march are recycled leaders. Mr Marcial Fabricano does not live in Tipnis, he lives in (the city of) Trinidad in a neighborhood called Plataforma, the government is not asked that his neighborhood is not overwhelmed, they are leaders who have already passed their time. said the leader to BTV.
Ruiz pointed out that “in Beni it is clear that those who march today are not representing the indigenous peoples of Beni as leaders, but (in) Bolivia there is a feeling that it is an indigenous peoples march if there is Explanations by. there are indigenous peoples who do not recognize it ”.
The XI. Indigenous march has covered 12 days on foot since leaving Trinidad.
As the days went on, the indigenous mobilization received an additional incentive: indigenous people from four departments of the country decided to join the social movement. The aim is to sensitize government authorities to arbitrary land titles and to prevent the expropriation of their territories.
CATHOLIC CHURCH ASK TO LISTEN TO INDIAN PEOPLE
This Sunday, the Archbishop of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Monsignor Sergio Gualberti, urged the government authorities to listen to the cries of the indigenous peoples brought to life by the XI. Indigenous march calling for an end to the submission of their land.
“These days we are witnessing the march of the indigenous peoples of our region, asking for their rights to be respected, to end the subjugation of their territories and the land of their ancestors, a source of livelihood and life for them and their families. Let their cry be heard, especially from the authorities, and respond to the righteous requests of our brothers, ”he said.