Indigenous Assembly Member, Bienvenido Zacu (MAS) regretted that in the last week he has heard statements that call again for a road to be built through the middle of the reserve. During last week, some groups aligned to the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) wanted to re-start the highway project Villa Tunari-San Ignacio de Moxos, through the modification of the law that declares intangible the natural reserve.
The president of the State, in the town of San Ignacio de Moxos (Beni), asked the pro-governmental indigenous groups to continue to require the construction of this road. Zacu said: “There are several possibilities that can be appealed, one is internationally, or to request a referendum to revoke [the presidential mandate], or perhaps shrink the mandate, as was done with bad governments.[before] We are aware that some corrupt officials are making this government of ours to fail.”
Zacu lamented the government’s statements which he considers them as threats that seek a confrontation between Bolivians and intend [the government statements] to defend “a strong interest in coca.” Meanwhile, Vice Minister of Coordination for Social Movements, César Navarro reiterated that there are new requests that call for the construction of the road Villa Tunari-San Ignacio de Moxos and that the government is studying the options to respond to these demands.
“The actors, ie the direct beneficiaries had not been represented by the mobilization [protest walk group] and apparently showed up [in reference to the people the president just met]. There is a law of mandatory compliance and one of the axes is to comply with the intangible concept. It was a norm that was pushed by the protest walk group but was not representative of the interests of those who live from San Ignacio de Moxos to Villa Tunari,” said Navarro to Panamericana radio.