Last fall, I invited Hugo Salvatierra, a founder of the MAS, to speak in Toronto at a relatively small meeting of committed left-wing activists. I in particular felt that it was really important to introduce Hugo Salvatierra to the left here in Toronto. because Hugo is, I think, one of the most articulate translators if you want, or spokespeople, of the Bolivian process. He was a founder of the MAS along with Evo Morales. He was in the founding government of the MAS as Minister of Rural Development, Agriculture and the Environment and then he persuaded Evo to let him resign so that he could go back to Santa Cruz which is the centre of the right and organize the social movements in Santa Cruz. He and others have done a spectacular job of that if you have been following the news at all. He is going to tell us in more detail what’s been happening in Bolivia over the last number of years and I who follow Bolivia pretty closely had really no idea of how serious the coup attempts were. In light of recent criticism of the MAS government by some on the left, we thought it was very important to transcribe that talk so more people can hear from the Bolivian movement directly.
The text that follows has been transcribed from Hugo’s talk at a November 8, 2010, forum in Toronto and is published here with his permission. Translation and editing is by Susan Harvie, Judy Rebick and John Riddell. Republished from Transforming Power blog
Bolivia’s Road to Revolution
‘A process sustained by the broad masses is indestructible’
By Dr. Hugo Salvatierra