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Sun Aug 9, 2020, 11:01 PM

Bolivia's Regime Mobilizes Far-Right Paramilitary Groups

Paramilitaries and civil shock groups linked to the defacto administration have begun carrying out attacks against social movements.

Published 9 August 2020 (3 hours 48 minutes ago)

Paramilitary and extremist groups have waged assaults on demonstrators in three regions as security forces look the other way on day seven of nationwide protests demanding elections.

Human rights defenders are warning about the use of civil shock groups and paramilitaries, linked to Bolivia’s coup regime, to violently attack the road blockades while leaving people injured.

Bolivia’s Ombudsman, Nadia Cruz, has reported to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights as well as to the UN Human Rights Chief, Michelle Bachelet, that Bolivia’s police has turned to irregular civilian groups “with a para-police and paramilitary character” to lift the blockades being carried out as organized working class sectors intensify their resistance to the coup.

Under the threats of force, the shock group demanded that the citizens end their protest while police stood by idle. The protesters say they are vulnerable to an escalation of attacks as media workers are now also afraid to cover the events due to intimidation by violent groups.

The Association for Human Rights of Bolivia has called on international organizations to pronounce themselves on these violations. It also reported that a journalist of the television channel Cadena A was assaulted while trying to film the far-right group intimidating the youth and student protesters.

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Across the country, 61 rural workers were arrested on Saturday afternoon in the municipality of Samaipata in the Department of Santa Cruz after an ambush by paramilitary groups of the far-right Samaipata Civic Committee, in joint actions with the police.

Thesd and released, reported torture and maltreatment and said the police planted explosives within the belongings of the arrested, in order to accuse them of carrying such devices. Around 40 people of them are currently still being held as political prisoners, some of which have been framed as carrying explosives.


These monsters have been terrorizing indigenous Bolivian people, the majority, since Evo Morales, the first indigenous Bolivian was elected as Bolivia's President, just as he was in the last election, which was overturned by the US-backed coup who put the whitish fascists back in power, the same people who didn't allow Bolivian people to vote until a revolution in 1952, or even walk on the same sidewalk as long any time a "white person" was walking on it.

The cartoon shows one of their dirty Youth Movement storm troupers murdering an indigenous woman with a flagpole, and encouraging death for Evo Morales.

The plain and barbed wire covered clubs have been used to viciously beat indigenous people. Their trucks haul their fascist asses over to neighborhoods where indigenous people live, where they go to lay waste to them when the spirit moves their leader. One of their leaders, who has fled the country, was Branko Marinkovic, a fascist from Croatia.

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Sun Aug 9, 2020, 11:02 PM

1. Bolivia's Coup Government Is a Far-Right Horror Show

The coup-makers that violently deposed Evo Morales haven’t even tried to hide their far-right politics. Racist revanchism, backed by Christian fundamentalism, is now the order of the day in Bolivia.

Forrest Hylton


Since coming to power on November 12, Bolivia’s right-wing coup government, led by interim president Jeanine Añez, has quickly consolidated power and achieved international legitimacy. So far, the Añez government has succeeded in calling elections for 2020; persecuting journalists, political opponents, and human rights activists; and, following two massacres of unarmed, mainly indigenous protesters that left at least nineteen dead — first on November 15 in Sacaba (near Cochabamba) and again on November 19 in El Alto (adjacent to La Paz) — negotiating a truce with the country’s trade union and social movements to remove road blockades in cities and countryside. It has also returned the armed forces to the barracks with impunity and $5 million in extra funds and equipment.

On November 21, when marchers from El Alto descended on La Paz carrying eight coffins of the victims of the November 19 massacre and demanding that Añez resign, the military and police dispersed them with tear gas to prevent them from reaching the Plaza Murillo. Several of the coffins were temporarily abandoned on the street nearby.

Later that afternoon, marchers returned to El Alto with their dead, but without a response from the government, other than repression. The following week, after negotiating with social movements and trade unions, Añez repealed Supreme Decree 4078, which was passed in secret on November 13 and overturned a 2005 law in order to protect the military and police from prosecution for the massacres they were about to commit.

Añez made no reference to the massacres, which the rapporteur of the Organization of American States’s (OAS) Inter-American Human Rights Commission labelled as such on CNN. Rather than working with the commission to investigate, Añez thanked God and the armed forces “in the name of democracy” for “pacifying” the country and helping avoid “greater levels of vandalism and confrontation.”


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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2020, 11:06 PM

2. The far right are a plague on this planet.

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Response to SamKnause (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 9, 2020, 11:42 PM

3. So true, SamKnause. n/t

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