Commission supports Chavez and requests to stop query inside the TIPNIS

The TIPNIS struggle for their rights continue and so does CIDOB”s as they try to recover their independence from political influences. CIDOB’s president Adolfo Chavez was elected until 2015 and due to the support he gave to the TIPNIS cause, political influences ‘promoted’ a highly questionable ‘new election’ where someone else appeared appointment at a time where current government tried to force a consultation process, well after the design and construction of a road through the TIPNIS…

Ivan Condori writes for La Razon:

Commission supports Chavez and requests to stop query inside the TIPNIS

At least 10 of the 13 Regionals of the Central Indigenous Peoples of Bolivia (CIDOB), support the directory of Adolfo Chávez and plan to paralyze the query inside the TIPNIS. Two resolutions of the V National Commission of the CIDOB made on July 15 and 16 in Charagua, Santa Cruz.

The V National Commission which took place in the community Las Brechas, located 90 km from the Charagua municipality to the South of the Department of Santa Cruz, was attended by around 250 people, representatives of 10 of the 13 Regionals of the CIDOB.

In this regard, the indigenous leader of the sector against Chavez, Melva Hurtado, avoided to refer to the issue when she was consulted by La Razon, on the grounds that she was in a meeting and that she would be called at a later time. An hour later, this media attempted to communicate again with Hurtado, but the leader did not answer her mobile phone.

Eladio Uraeza, leader of the Central Organizations of Native Peoples of Guarayos (Copnag), of the line of Melva Hurtado, disqualified the determinations of the V Commission. “Its conclusions have no legality, because it was not the representation necessary as laid down in our bylaws, being at the head of Melva Hurtado, this directive has the support of 11 Regionals”, he commented.

After analyzing the organic status of the CIDOB (with two Presidents, Chávez and Hurtado) and assess the relationship with the Government, the V Commission adopted a resolution with six points, in which the first resolution ratifies the directory elected in the Grand National Assembly of indigenous Peoples (GANPI 2010) headed by Adolfo Chávez; at the same time they do not recognize Melva Hurtado as President, as the participants related her with the Movement to Socialism (MAS).

Term. Indigenous gave “30 calendar days” for the Government to remove the police guard posted at the offices of the CIDOB in Santa Cruz city; they also give this timed for the supporters of Hurtado to abandon the so-called “big house” of the organization. They threaten to start pressure measures if they are not listened to.

In addition, they suggested the directory of Chávez to develop a “national agenda” for the benefit of indigenous Peoples. They are expected to develop a plan of action with the participation of the regional indigenous movement, to run the CIDOB. Participants in the V Commission emphasized that they will not allow, what they qualify as Government intervention into the indigenous organization.

Mr. Chávez showed his concurrence with the resolution of the Commission; “the Regionals were categorical to support us and to ask the Government to vacate the premises of Casa Grande, which was taken by the police and persons related to the MAS”. The deadline to vacate the Casa Grande “is not doable, because they (Chavez sector) are a minority and have no representation, they may not want to seize our headquarters”, said Ureza (Hurtado sector).

A different treatment

Chavez: The Government did not want to talk to him when he arrived in La Paz at the front of the 9th March.

Hurtado: Once possessed as CIDOB’s President, participated in the official acts of the Executive branch of Government.

They conclude their work, 4 brigades of observation

Four brigades of the Electoral departmental Court (TDE) culminated their work as observers of the consultation in the Indigenous territory and Isiboro Secure National Park (TIPNIS), informed the President of the Tribunal, Consuelo Grigoriu. Other two brigades had to pause their work since the entry is difficult from the Cochabamba side. The six brigades returned Thursday afternoon to Cochabamba.

Grigoriu explained that there are nine communities remaining which can be accessed by river, including Ichoa, but “rivers’ conditions do not allow to navigate, they are very low and with many organic material and sediment”. To access thereto should be from upstream; Thus, noted the authority, “the (unique) path could be from the Beni territory”.

The two brigades declared  on “Pause” will have to wait to the Ministry of public works to convene them to continue with the consultative process. The query should culminate on August 25, but this is uncertain: “in some communities the consultation process took between two to three days;” “it is variable, according to the participation of the communities,” explained Grigoriu.

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