This Editorial is from Los Tiempos:
THE PRIDE, A BAD COUNSELOR
The decision of the authorities of the Government does not meet the demand for dialogue raised by the members of the indigenous 9th March in defense of the indigenous territory of the Isiboro Sécure National Park (TIPNIS), joins a series of posturing that, since the previous March, have been committing against this sector and also to the dividing work to the indigenous people through a series of actions that, as it has denounced repeatedly, they respond to a prebendal logic.
Such posturing should add aggression to the marchers, even in alliance with groups of regional power in some of the towns that have to pass, and the difficulties of reproducing a strategy like the march as already applied less than a year ago.
However, there are indications that allow to sustain the demand of the indigenous people in defense of the TIPNIS legitimacy remains. Therefore not only because strong doubts about the economic and political interests that would be behind for those who want to build, no matter what, a highway between Cochabamba and Beni traversing the Park, but also because the action orchestrated by some government officials to impose this stroke to the inhabitants of that region is very crude.
Indeed, once adopted a sui generis rule calling for a “prior consultation” on the construction of this section, several dignitaries of State, as they did not in the six years of Government, [now] have dedicated themselves to visit communities settled in the TIPNIS to get their adherence, which means that they accept the prior consultation and, most importantly that the road to build crosses the TIPNIS. Also, have deployed a systematic and unscrupulous communicational campaign against the marchers and, especially, against their leaders, trying to present them as venal and in the service of foreign interests.
Also used intimidation, seeking to generate a fear that can paralyze progress faced the uncertainty of achieving the desired objectives. Not in vain has been appointed – contrary to what have the organic law of the police and the Constitution – as commanding general of the Bolivian police one of the alleged organizers and executors of the brutal and unnecessary suppression which indigenous people were subjected during the course of the last year [TIPNIS group beaten in Chaparina, September 2011].
All these actions would make the Government feel that it has won the battle, and, therefore, reject in a demeaning manner the dialogue with the marchers. But, they realize not – presumably by the pride that blinds their operators – that citizenship has noticed them and opposite of what authorities sought, rather they [citizens] increase their feelings of sympathy and solidarity with the marchers.
In that context and collecting experiences of the past, when the current operators were, rather, the ones who called for dialogue, is urging that these people do get rid off feelings of pride and accept to negotiate with the marchers so that, in a transparent manner and with the desire to seek agreements and not to impose decisions, achieve long-term solutions, which is the only way to heal wounds and demonstrate a vision for the future.