A mass popular open town meeting yesterday decided to not recognize the governor of
”There are a number of democratic norms which need to be respected” was how vice president Alvaro Garcia Linera had summarized the situation earlier, as thousands of protestors occupied the principal plaza. The conflict was sparked off more than 10 days ago by the support given by the governor to regional autonomy being promoted by
Yesterday, the governor of
Amongst the resolutions voted on were “to impede the return of Captain Reyes Villa” and push forward a trial against him for “his role in the dictatorship of Luis Garcia Meza  and in the repression during the Water War of 2000, when he was mayor of
The council “washed its hands” by proposing that the town meeting choose a replacement for Reyes Villa. From there came the idea of a “government of the social organizations”. But by then the leaders were no longer there and the meeting was taken over by the “radicals” who represent little, including Trotskyist students from the Local University Federation.
Translated from Clarin
Resolution from the
The mandate coming from the 2nd open town meeting of the social movements is:
*Faced with the abandonment by Manfred Reyes Villa of his functions as prefect, the 16 provincial centrals, the Six Federations of the Tropics, the Departmental Workers Central and all the social organization, give the departmental council the mandate to continue meeting to the benefit of the department of
* The social movements back the Departmental Council in its overseeing of the prefecture management and ask that audits be carried out via the General Ombudsman of the Republic, with the aim of establishing penal and civil responsibilities and that the Public Ministry act immediately to punish these crimes.
* The Public Ministry should investigate the massacre of January 11 by Manfred Reyes Villa and his bullies headed by Oscar Zurita, who also brought paid criminals in from Santa Cruz.
*Royalties should be reverted directly in a proportion of 40% to the municipalities and 30% to the prefectures.
* The corporations should be subordinated to the prefecture structure and their property taken over by the social organizations.
* The social organization of the 16 provinces and 45 municipalities will not allow the return of Manfred to
* The prefect should resign for the following reasons: for confronting and dividing Cochabamban brothers, blackmailed with the resources that cost the organizations blood and mourning; for supporting the position of independence of Santa Cruz which would mean dividing and confronting Bolivians; and for his anti-democratic actions in not complying with the result of the July 2006 referendum.