Daily Archives: December 25, 2011

Bolivian blockades 101

This cartoon and Editorial is from El Diario, December 25, 2011:

The tidal wave of blockades of streets, roads, offices and even walks that shook the country throughout the year which ends, has not been less able to cause concern and alarm up the general population, at the end which turned out to be the subject of attention of political analysts, as well as international agencies who had been forced to take action in a number of comments in the media and even what is said in various social centers and even  by some diplomats.

The various comments referred sharply to those demonstrations by various social groups and even provided some statistics on their development as well as their impact on the economy and public activities. Other analysts were encouraged to evaluate these actions by saying that some of them were positive and some negative. There were also commentators who did not hesitate to criticize harshly those perpetrators.

Blockades, which at one point became from local issues to a large phenomenon that was about to paralyze the country, they achieved as much gravity as the Government was blocked and left drag by social movements, to the extent that [the government] lifted their hands and adopted the liberal policy of let do and let pass, on the assumption that this kind of acts will still take many years and it was not worth to confront them.

Analysts also said that the large number of blockades, hunger strikes, crucifixions and even attempts to enter the Plaza Murillo to attack the “burnt palace” had increased significantly by percentage in comparison to previous years and that this was not just small facts, but as a whole meant enormous damage to the stability of the country. It was direct or directed expressions of unrest against the Government, which began to be criticized by his leniency and lack of attention to the big and small problems of the country, in the meantime the Government interest is focused on international travel, incongruous meetings and in general with an inclination to “escapism”, i.e. flee reality by fear to confront the problems.

All very well. However, commentators showed no interest in pointing out the causes of this catastrophic state of affairs and were limited to comments and criticisms of surface, dealing with more sensory reactions that concern to seek for rational efforts.

Examiners of the movement of hundreds of isolated protests that end up joined together into a single one, had, in this way, failed in analyzing the problem and were generally limited to criticize it and to indicate that no one was moving even a hair to address it. Moreover, none of them said that it is necessary to look for the causes of the problem and that the solution is not only to make criticisms and protests or even to propose a solution through violence.

Finally, we can say that if the country’s problems have they had been resolved, blockades would no longer occur, but as it was not so, they rose, threatening to multiply much more.