Saturday, October 07, 2006

Bolivia: when neo-liberalism attacks

You may have noticed, if you've been reading the media carefully, that there has been some hoo-ha in Bolivia over the last couple of days. Alas the BBC in their wisdom has decided it's best portrayed as a fight between silly foreigners who just get all hot headed and have to throw dynamite at each other.

Miners working for the state run company COMIBOL run away from a stick of dynamite that has just been hurled at themA more informative approach can be found here: Bolivia: miners clash, dozens killed and injured as to the actual political and economic causes of the fighting, in which dozens have been killed and injured.

It may inspire you to express some solidarity with those miners who have given their lives over the last two days to oppose the privatisation of the largest tin mine in Bolivia and you can find a few ideas on how to do that here: URGENT ACTION (this Tuesday): Indymedia

There are some other articles on this at Deadly clash between miners in Huanuni and at The Democracy Centre and there are some incredible photos here

If you live in London you may like to come along on Tuesday to the picket of the UK company Grant Thornton, who sparked this entire episode in their attempt to make millions of dollars out of one of the poorest peoples on the planet, which is located at Grant Thornton House, Melton Street, Euston Square, London NW1 2EP. Picket starts at noon. If not you may still want to put your thoughts it in writing and send them to the company (click on the Indymedia piece to see how)

You might also like to support the Bolivia Solidarity Campaign if you feel so inclined.


Jim Jay said...

Some other articles La Prensa

The Mining Magazine (I'm never without my copy)

NY Times (in praise of the vice president)

The Herald one of the only UK papers to cover the story - clearly its not important when UK companies are involved.

Renegade Eye said...

David Broder covered it quite well.

Good post.