The following is a summary of the presentations of the event and the time – into the video – for each presentation. Video of November 15 Newark Bolivia protest against the coup:
0:00 Natalia, representing Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) speaking on recent developments of Latin American struggle.
2:42 Dr. Rey Tapia, Bolivian Scholar with a Bolivian perspective on the struggle
5:53 Bob Witanek explains Comite Bolivia and describes November 2 event that occurred in Princeton linking 7 national struggles in Latin American and the Caribbean. (A video from this event is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDmnFUUNg3I& )
8:19 Jay Arena of Resist the Deportation Machine connects anti-war, anti-imperialist struggle to the struggle to close ICE concentration camps including the Essex County facility on Doremus Avenue
22:54 Ben Morris a leader of high school student resistance to war and imperialism talked about the struggles to remove recruiters and police from the high schools
The back to back rallies indicate a strong NJ organizing effort that is responding in real time to events as they unfold – we need to consolidate this effort and build a support committee for Bolivia because this struggle will be protracted.
The call for formation of Comite Bolivia NJ reads as follows (Spanish followed by English):
Please Join Comite Bolivia NJ
We hereby invite you to join us in formation of Comite Bolivia NJ (interim name).
The US is backing a right wing military coup against the constitution of Bolivia and its rightfully elected – and re-elected president Evo Morales. The coup has been imposed with massive violence by right wing extremists and the police. There is also the threat of military violence against the Bolivian people who are opposing the coup through massive protests.
Given the situation, in NJ we are creatong a Bolivia organizing focus to build solidarity and support for the Bolivian people to restore democracy and its constitutional order through education and solidarity action.
The following is a statement from the Rutgers students that mobilized against the coup:“We are fighting for indigenous rights, the conflict in Bolivia stems from the long history of colonialism in Latin America. We find it abhorrent that the first Indigenous president was ousted and replaced by a Christian fascist who views the traditions of the indigenous people in Bolivia to be “satanic”. People’s lives are in danger, and in the imperial core, Americans must denounce against the crimes this government implements in their name. We stand and we shout in solidarity with all those across Earth that are being held hostage by the American Empire. We won’t stop fighting, we won’t be silenced. Everytime the US decides to drone strike a poor country, we will be there to denounce it. We will be back.”
- orinocotribunehttps://orinocotribune.com/author/orinocotribune/March 4, 2024