Movement Towards Socialism (MAS)

Following the adoption of a law to guarantee elections before October 18, the Bolivian Workers Centre has voted to temporarily halt pro-democracy protests. But it has vowed to mobilise again if the coup regime does not abide by the deadline, writes Susan Price.

Protesters gathered in Sydney’s Botanical Gardens on August 16 to express solidarity with the people of Bolivia in their struggle against dictatorial repression and for democratic rights, report Jim McIlroy and Coral Wynter.

Following pressure from social movements, the Bolivian legislature has agreed to sign into law a proposal that make October 18 the absolute, "immovable" deadline for elections, writes Kerry Smith.

Weeks of mass protest in Bolivia is putting the United-States-backed coup government under pressure to hold elections without further delay, writes Marco Teruggi.

Given the exponentially rising death toll from COVID-19 and the devastating social and economic effects of brutal lockdowns, what could a humane and progressive response to the global pandemic look like?

Federico Fuentes outlines a detailed and comprehensive plan for tackling COVID-19 developed by Bolivia’s Movement Towards Socialism (MAS).

Bolivians will return to the polls on May 3, almost five months after former president Evo Morales was ousted in a coup. Having been declared the winner of the October 20 election, the leader of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) was forced to resign three weeks later after opposition protests denouncing fraud culminated in the police and military calling on Morales to step down.

Protests against the civic-military coup have been growing in strength across the country and security forces have responded with brutal repression.

The ongoing coup attempt by the United States-backed opposition in Bolivia has reached boiling point. Sections of the police have declared mutiny and far-right protesters attacked and shut down the government’s media outlets, assaulting its journalists. Now new elections have been called by the Bolivian government in an attempt to defuse the situation.

Bolivian President Evo Morales has announced new elections will be held, following two weeks of violence and an attempted coup, as the right-wing opposition seeks to overturn the election results of October 27 that returned him to office.

Plebeian Power: Collective Action & Indigenous, Working-Class & Popular Identities in Bolivia
By Alvaro Garcia Linera
Haymarket Books, 2014
345 pp, US$28.00

 

Alvaro Garcia Linera, twice-elected vice-president of Bolivia, is the continent’s most prominent theoretician-politician to place 21st century Latin American left thought in a Marxist framework.

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