Daily Archives: June 23, 2012

TIPNIS UPDATE: June 23, 2012

The 9th March has experienced hatred, two fatalities in a road accident, but continue to walk towards La Paz city with great resolve.

This cartoon is from El Diario, June 16, 2012: Dialogue first person “…fixing these fatally-dangerous roads, the government could avoid so much mourning and pain to the Yungas travelers and coca growers…”; second person “..nevertheless, they stubbornly intend to ‘cut’ with a road the TIPNIS. affecting the environment in benefit of other “chuto coca growers”..!” [chuto means illegal, also referring to the large quantity of junk cars smuggled into this country]

Paulo Cuiza reports for La Razon:

The March expected to reach La Paz on Tuesday

The IX indigenous March in defense of the TIPNIS yesterday climbed 21 kilometers from Yolosa to Alto Sacramento. With the rise, the column is 65 km from La Paz. They will now [June 22] advance to Chuspipata and on Tuesday [26] will be entering the seat of Government.

The column, at least 800 marchers moved uphill by the old road between La Paz and Coroico. They crossed a narrow highway at certain points.

They camped at Alto Sacramento and today [06/22] will be leaving around 07:00 en route to Chuspipata. “It has been a bumpy road, but the strength is intact,” said the President of the sub-central of the indigenous territory, Isiboro Secure National Park (TIPNIS), Fernando Vargas.

Almost two months of walking, there are only 65 km to reach La Paz. On their journey, the indigenous people were insulted in San Ignacio de Moxos (Beni), Yucumo (Beni) and Caranavi (La Paz) was announced that they would not allow them to pass; and in Yolosa (La Paz) two marchers lost their lives after a traffic accident.

The President of the Mobilization Commission March, Bertha Bejarano, announced that between Wednesday and Thursday, a group of at least 80 marchers joined the mobilization.

“They come from the Great Indigenous Town Hall of Trinidad, as also more brothers from the CPIB”, explained.

To go from Alto Sacramento to Pongo will be the hardest stretch because it is up-rising and the cold combined with the height start to feel more, as they are closer to La Cumbre, within walking distance of La Paz.

This is from La Prensa, June 20, 2012:

The protest-walk group is being attacked by “violence” “hate” “rancor” and “intolerance”

All those are eroding this brave march and we can only support them in every way possible as they are not only fighting for their own territory, but for OUR National Park’s integrity!!

This is from La Razon, June 22, 2012:


Those of the TIPNIS, do not take care well of the forest, and sure there are narcs inside it.

Signed: the coca growers”

And the coca grower, with a chain saw and behind him a desolated, destroyed environment, while the TIPNIS people and wildlife looking at from the forest.

El Diario reports:

Analysts say President indirectly attacked the IX March

President Evo Morales, during his participation in the Summit Rio + 20 in Brazil, stated that the so-called green economy and environmentalism are strategies of the imperialism and colonialism to quantify resources and exploit them for their own benefit.

[photo caption: The Rio+20 Summit gathers indigenous representatives from 20 countries from the planet]

“According to the feeling of social movements in the world, especially the indigenous movement, we are understanding by green economy the environmentalism of the green economy, as the new colonialism of the submission to our Peoples and anti-capitalist Governments.” “The environmentalism mercantilistic nature, makes every tree, every plant, every drop of water and every hill of nature in a commodity subjected to the dictatorship of the market”, the representative cited.

The head of State stressed that “in the name of taking care of nature, environmentalism qualifies and quantifies the resources for the private appropriation of these at the precise moment.

According to analyst Carlos Cordero, the speech of the representative is an indirect attack on the 9th March that mobilizes in defense of the TIPNIS and therefore brings divisive consequences.

“This speech polarized and divided more the Bolivian society which supports the 9th March.” “It is clear that the President insists on the construction of the road from any setting (…) the marchers of the TIPNIS maintained a conservationist stance, which makes them imperialists according to the Government”, said.

On his turn, the analyst Fernando Untoja, recalled that the Executive held an environmental speech from six years ago. On this basis the indigenous autonomy was granted to all Peoples, “without measuring the consequences.”

“Now that the TIPNIS claims, [the president] handled this speech in a very conveniently way to the March.” “As his environmentalist speech fell, now seeks other culprits, which in this case are the same indigenous Peoples who have given the vote”, pointed out.

He also indicated that environmentalism has two different positions, the first concerning the defense of nature and the human being, meanwhile, the second consists in the respect for biodiversity conservation without of the human race conservation. [some scholars will be talking about protectionism and conservationism respectively]

“That is why the Government should aim at balanced environmental policies where neither the man nor the environment are slaughtered.” “That must be respected the autonomy of indigenous Peoples, and the political Constitution of the State (CPE) that determines the prior consultation before any project”, he said.


– The Group G-77 and China, of which it forms part Bolivia, has decided to reject negotiations until do not touch with depth issues such as the implementation of sustainable development (transfer of finance and technology to developing countries).

– The Earth Summit Rio + 20 – officially called the United Nations on Sustainable Development Conference – held in June 2012 in Rio of Janeiro, Brazil.

– This Summit is a new attempt of the United Nations at the beginning of the Millennium to advance on the commitment of States and the world community in the great changes of the 21st century.

– It will take place twenty years after the first historic Summit of Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and ten years after the Johannesburg in 2002.


Estefany Claros writes for El Dia:

CIDOB denounces Evo at the social Summit in Rio + 20

Measures. Leaders of the 9th March obtained the support of indigenous people from abroad.

The Confederation of Indigenous Peoples of Bolivia (CIDOB) denounced the President Evo Morales in the Summit of the Peoples Rio + 20,  by infringing the rights of the Nations of the lowlands of the country, for not recognizing their demands for land and territory, as well as the application of the consultation as laid down in the Constitution of the State (CPE), reported their leaders.

The Vice President of the indigenous organization, Nelly Romero, noted that the President “[has been] unmasked” to the peoples of the world because he claimed to be the representative of the Peoples.

“We have unmasked the double standard that has in the speech at the international level (Evo Morales) believe that he is the defender of indigenous Peoples, the rights of the indigenous Peoples, of the mother earth’s natural resources and the forest”, Romero, told to the Erbol indigenous news agency special emissary to Rio + 20.

Support from abroad. The Chairman of the Continental Council of the Guarani Nation, Celso Padilla, reported that the presentation of the Commission which delegated the 9th March, achieved support from indigenous Peoples from abroad. “They are in agreement that a road by the TIPNIS can’t be built; because it is an indigenous territory first and second is a National Park,” said.

Visit and moral support. The indigenous column, departed from the town of Yolosa towards Sacramento, 18 kilometers away from where the camp was.

A Commission of the Office of the Ombudsman went to the indigenous camp, to give moral support to the marchers for the loss of two of its members in recent days. Otilia Cunay and Alejandro Cayuba.

In addition to the visit of the defensorial Commission, also arrived paramedics to meet the indigenous people who are in ill health, due to the low temperatures that is whipping them during their journey.

Released. Eight of the injured indigenous people in the car accident on Tuesday, will be released,  confirmed today, the director of the Hospital of Coroico, Alvaro Cabezas.