indigenous people are prepared to govern
LA PAZ.— Bolivian President, Evo Morales, stated
on October 22, that indigenous people are prepared
to govern, despite what neoliberal politicians have
said for many years.
who participated in the inauguration of irrigation
projects in Ocuri, in the north of Potosí, stated
that in the past it was said that indigenous people
were only good for voting and not governing.
He stated that over nine years we have shown that
we are able to govern and that’s why we have won
elections, reported PL.
The Bolivian President commented that indigenous
people are leftists, anti-capitalists and anti-imperialists,
thanks to their ancestors, among which he mentioned
the Katari brothers (Dámaso and Tomás). "They left
us their heritage, their principles," he stated.
According to the country’s first indigenous
president, "In Bolivia, we are just taking back what
they stole from us with the European invasion. We
are demonstrating that we know how to manage the
State, which is why we won (the elections) with more
In addition, he emphasized that colonial policies
attempted to eradicate the indigenous peoples: "we
are going to wipe out the Indians, they said. We
were condemned to extermination. There are islands
in the Caribbean where there are no indigenous
people. In Uruguay there are none. In Chile, a few,
but in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico and Guatemala
there are many."
Here, we are not talking about resistance. You
have to take power, and that’s what we did, backed
with social, economic and energy policies. All part
of a plan to resolve our problems, he remarked.
According to Morales, regions which previously
lacked water and electricity, now even have internet
and telephones, thanks, above all, to the Bolivian
people’s struggle, which brought the socialist
movement to power.
We are fulfilling the peoples´ wishes. We have
nationalized companies and now these resources are
being redistributed through public works, basic
services, and hospitals. And we are in a more
favorable economic position than before.
Morales highlighted that farmers and communities
must have access to water, not only for domestic use
but also for their livestock and irrigation, which
will result in food production.