Bolivia Civil War Watch— Evo Morales Calls Out the Troops
Now several rich provinces say they will announce their autonomy from the Morales government tomorrow…
And, Morales is mobilizing the military.
A demonstrator holds a poster with Bolivian President Evo Morales image which reads ” Murderer, Dictator” during a rally in Sucre, December 14, 2007. Bolivia’s leftist government threatened to use force if four opposition provinces go ahead with plans to declare autonomy this weekend in a deepening conflict over constitutional reform. (REUTERS/Luis Arce)
Four provinces are set to announce their autonomy this weekend.
The BBC reported:
Security forces are on alert in Bolivia, ahead of rallies planned in four of the country’s richest regions.
The four provinces are set to declare autonomy at the demonstrations, after the wealthiest province, Santa Cruz, passed a key tax reform measure.
The regions are angry at a new draft national constitution that includes greater state control of the economy.
But the president has warned against taking steps towards autonomy and extra police and soldiers have been deployed.
The draft constitution has already been the trigger of violence, with at least three people killed in the central city of Sucre in clashes in November.
The Santa Cruz assembly backed a statute under which the region would keep two-thirds of its tax revenues on Thursday
A street vendor sells wristbands with the word ‘Autonomy’ in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007. Governors of five rebel departments in Bolivia are set for confrontation with the left wing government of President Evo Morales after announcing plans unilaterally to declare autonomy this weekend. (AP Photo/Joao Padua)
Ruben Costas, right, Gov. of Santa Cruz state visits people holding a hunger strike in protest of the approval of a new draft constitution in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007. Governors of five rebel departments in Bolivia are set for confrontation with the left wing government of President Evo Morales after announcing plans unilaterally to declare autonomy this weekend. (AP Photo/Joao Padua)