Daily Archives: July 4, 2012

TIPNIS’ international embarrassment due to governmental failure to enforce the Law

It is with great disappointment that I write this post, current Bolivian government stubbornly keeps on denying the rights of the brave indigenous group, who also happen to be the great defenders of our National Parks, our environment.

Worldwide, public is annoyed and basically do not understand the Bolivian government behavior. A government which selfishly appointed as a mother earth’s defender… what a contradiction, what a shame!

The following cartoons reflect what our national newspapers record over this unfortunate and shameful issue…

This is from La Razon, June 28, 2012:

The dialogue table is set, on one side the government and on the other the indigenous people.

Great cartoon as the sitting arrangements clearly shows the ‘action’ or ‘inaction’ of current government,,,

Great cartoon message!!

This one is from El Diario, June 28, 2012:

One of the governmental sponsored demonstrations that marched the streets of La Paz, at the time the TIPNIS march was arriving.

Number of attacks to common citizens who dared to be against the ruling party and coca growers desires to slit the TIPNIS with a road that will only serve to expand illegal coca plantations that go directly to drug trafficking.

Despite saying they were peaceful, TV and photos recorded the violence of the groups who were controlled by current government to counter attack the TIPNIS arrival.

This one is from El Diario, June 29, 2012:

The proud and brave protest-walk group is asking current president to go down and visit them, so the dialogue can start…

President says “..sorry. I’m in another page…”

Why????!!

We should face the problems, acknowledge failures in our politics and move on, it is certain that current government failed to honor and enforce the Constitution which protects the indigenous Peoples rights and of course to protect OUR national parks.

This is from Los Tiempos, June 29, 2012:

Newspaper: “The VP says they will send a letter to the leaders of the indigenous march, to clarify the points to start the dialogue.”

Person: “it looks like a joke, right Avernoy?”

Avernoy: “I doubt it mate, the Jacobins were very serious!”

dog: “among these three points, which do you feel will be able to initiate the dialogue? 1) the importance of being named Evo; 2) the Quinoa and the diplomacy; or 3) the intransigent defense of the TIPNIS.”

This is from La Prensa, July 2, 2012:

You see violence as a big dark tree, threatening the TIPNIS Marchers, with deep roots: support from the people, grants, support, solidarity and the Constitution.

No secret that a large majority of the Bolivian population is supporting the TIPNIS, let alone stakeholders all over the world.

This is from El Diario, July 3, 2012:

Minister Romero saying “… well, lets continue with the dialogue…”

While he is pulling pout some of the members of the marchers’ group. There was an accusation that some governmental personnel were trying to put some of th endogenous group people in cars and drive them away from La Paz. They also said that some indigenous had signed an agreement… lots of statements to just brake the unity of the TIPNIS group…

Finally, this is from El Dia, July 3, 2012:

A boy of the TIPNIS group saying: “there are bugs in the trash!”

And the mother: “either that or the agents”

While in the trash can, the scavenger is going after the TIPNIS trash, looking for some “proof” that they can use against the TIPNIS group, the hole in the wall reads ‘ministries’

Yesterday, the government began meeting with groups who are aligned to them, people who do not qualify as indigenous from that territory, people who entered as colonists and wanted individual land titling and not communal as the original and sole owners who marched for their rights… so, isn’t all of this a source of embarrassment, despair and frustration?