The Indigenous Intifada of the
With 90 percent of the ballots counted, it seems that Bolivian President Evo Morales received over 60 percent of the vote in Sunday’s recall election, ensuring that he will stay in office until his term ends in 2011.
Morales, who is a member of the Aymara ethnic group, became the first indigenous leader of
The indigenous people of
The “white” upper class of
The upper class of Bolivia identify themselves as descendents of the white European settlers, although many are actually light-skinned mestizos, so there is also an element of denial in the country’s racist caste system, which is often the case in racial caste systems.
The indigenous people of
The “white” upper class retained their privileged status through this caste system, which marginalized the Native Americans for centuries.
And these are the same people who are behind the efforts to oust Morales and the illegal autonomy referendums recently held in the provinces in the eastern lowlands of the country, where many of the “whites” live.
Morales’ victory in the 2005 presidential election struck fear into the hearts of the “white” upper class because they realized that they were beginning to lose power.
When Morales took office and began implementing his plan to restore the indigenous peoples’ rights, rewrite the Constitution, redistribute wealth to the poor, and renationalize the country’s hydrocarbon assets, the “white” community became even more desperate.
The illegal autonomy referendums were a part of their counter-revolutionary response to the threat to their power and privilege.
Che Guevara was killed in
It is said that the revolutionary sprit of Che lives on in
Indeed, in one of his first acts after taking office in 2006, Morales hung up a portrait of Che Guevara in the presidential palace.
Commenting on the importance of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Frantz Fanon once said: “
And across the ocean, in Africa’s twin continent, South America, which separated when Pangaea broke up millions of years ago,
The winds of change are blowing across the continent of South America, from Tiahuanaco to
In the early 1990s, the Native Americans decided that they could no longer tolerate the fact that an official holiday named Columbus Day was being celebrated on October 12 to commemorate the arrival of the European conquistadors and settlers, so they renamed the day Indigenous People’s Day.
On October 12, 1992, Native Americans across the hemisphere united from Kalaallit Nunaat to Tierra del Fuego to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day, on the very same day the European settlers were celebrating the 500th anniversary of the invasion of the
Something really changed on that day and things will never be the same. The collective consciousness of Native Americans was reawakened.
At one of the many ceremonies held throughout the double continent of
He went on to say that Indigenous People’s Day 1992 marked the end of the 500-year cycle of oppression for Native Americans and the beginning of a positive cycle for the Indigenous People of Great Turtle Island, which is a very ancient name for the double continent of America first mentioned in the Walam Olum of the Lenni Lenape nation.
In addition, according to the Maya calendar, the current time cycle began in 3114 BC and ends on December 21, 2012.
And what will happen when the trigger is pulled and the shot is fired? Changes that we can’t imagine.
As the I Ching says: “Change proves true on the day it is finished.”