“I have seen leaflets in
He noted with grief “in all sincerity, I do not want to read this, because, for sure, some compañeras would cry if they heard what they thought of us”.
The head of state pointed out that this was not the first time such manifestations of racist discrimination had been seen, on the contrary he recall that when he was a union leader in the Chapare (Cochabamba) and he bought a mobile phone with contributions from the members, the criticisms started straight away.
“An analyst from
In this context, president Morales Ayma signaled that this was an ideological, cultural struggle and “these groups that don’t want to lose their privileges and are going to protest”, he said.
Moreover, he recall that on one opportunity, representatives from the US denounced him as a narco-trafficker, a narco-cocalero, they even reached the point of calling him the Andean Bin Laden, and the cocaleros his Taliban.
At the same time, he said that when he was expelled from the national congress on
“They were thinking that, for sure, by expelling me they were going to bury me, they were going to silence us, instead they helped us. My expulsion from the national congress allowed for a major orientation of the Bolivian people and today, thanks to that expulsion by MNR, by ADN, now Social Democratic Power (Podemos), the MIR now called National Unity (UN), we have reached the presidency, we have all woken up” affirmed the president.
In this sense, the head of state commented that now there is a growing consciousness within the Bolivian people, who are prepared to combat discrimination in a democratic and united fashion.
President Morales affirmed that despite the existence of oligarchic groups who are seeking to ensure the failure of the constituent assembly, the indigenous movement would persist in its search for a constitution, where a unitary state is consolidated, where neither discrimination nor exploitation exist, and where everyone lives in equality and justice.
Within this framework, he signaled that the incorporation of a plurinational state within the new constitution represented the recuperation of identity, culture and also natural resources.
”The plurinational state represents the unity, the integrity of the country, and we will continue supporting it in the constituent assembly”.
However, president Morales Ayma declared that it was still difficult to eradicate racism, because even in the city of
He said that during one tense occasion in the constituent assembly, the woman president of this forum, Silvia Lazarte, was insulted and called an “ignorant chola”.
“We should not be scared, I am visiting all the country, and I feel it in any place I go, that no one can stop this process of change” emphasized the president.Translated from ABI