And… it is the unfortunate reality: El Diario’s Editorial:
Private mining “no man’s land”
The Himalaya company suffered the transfer of a part of the mine of the same name in favor of the cooperativa Cerro Negro, without receiving a just compensation, as provided for in the Constitution and without respect for the legitimate right. The indicated mine as a whole is downtrodden by community members since 2007. These were soon organized in a cooperative to cover appearances, if they were not managed by cooperative sectors, as a shield for the transfer which now features the DS 1,619. The only argument put forward by the authorities in the industry is that those beneficiaries, politically support the Government.
The leaders of the Federation of mining cooperatives ensured that the six remaining areas of the Himalayas will be transferred to them, as they remain “idle”. Alleged inactivity of the same is due to six years where they were also subjugated and with no guarantee of work.
The great influence that these cooperatives enjoy with the State, does not only benefit with supreme decrees, but with its deputies and Senators come accelerating the law of Control and supervision of the mining areas, according to which all the concessions given to the private sector, without exploitation, will be delivered to the cooperatives, although by now the drafting of the project is somewhat elastic.
The delivery of numerous mining cooperatives to the hands of the cooperatives, by the mere fact of the support to the “process of change”, as well as other types of sectarian benefits and biased, show that the population has been divided between privileged and citizens without more “rights” that pay taxes. Cooperatives in question, the coca growers and smugglers are, therefore, exempt from tax obligations. Before the French Revolution the nobility did not paid to the State, by setting it as a privileged class. Mutatis mutandis, in our country, that class is none other than the cooperatives’ affiliates, coca growers, etc. We are in a discriminatory state that has nothing to do with the democratic mould.
The right to work is broad, and no one can oppose if it is that it complies with the law. In that sense the mining field is enormous and cooperatives have a place to cover. What is not acceptable is that they seize those few mines which are at work or developing work. It is very convenient to take advantage of the foreign effort. These establishments do not employ technology, not exploring new places, hire workers but without medical care and the benefits of the general labor law.
This picture is not only socially unjust, but missing to the increasingly more areas conviction to national mining to the delay, without technical and intensive exploitation making the country to raise its production.
We are in fact immersed in anarchy, where those who “support” current government receive ownership in those areas where private investment found mining potential. It is an open assault, and who in their right mind would invest in Bolivia?