“Sucre, wake up, los Yungas greets you”, chanted a large column of cocaleros from the tropical region of La Paz, as they entered into the city during the morning. Many neighbours and shopkeepers applauded them and even gave them water. “If they want to bring down Evo and close the Constituent Assembly, they will have to do it over our dead bodies. In the gas war of 2003, more than 80 companeros died for this process of change”, said one of the protestors, who remained mute when students from a primary school came out and shouted, “make Sucre the capital”.
With all this, the crisis over the shifting of the capital has not been resolved and the sense of calm is fragile. Yesterday, in a speech to the campesinos, the president of the assembly and cocalera leader, Silva Lazarte, anticipated that they would not recognise the judicial ruling, which obliges them to incorporate Sucre’s demand in the Constituent Assembly discussions.
“These judges marched a few days ago in favour of the Sucre becoming the capital. They have no earnestness”, La Paz delegate Marcela Revollo told Clarin.
Without a new constitution, everyone would lose something. The rebellious and rich department of Santa Cruz, the autonomy it yearns for and President Evo Morales, the possibility of re-election.