Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Not 'Fit to Print'


The New York Times claims to publish everything "Fit to Print". They along with the rest of the Western news media, usually interested in covering dramatic happenings in Bolivia, have obviously decided, by of virtue of their complete silence, that the latest events this past weekend in Sucre, Bolivia do not warrant anyones attention. (You know no one is interested when the only English language coverage is Cuban Granma International.)

What I am referring to was the cancellation of Evo Morales trip to the city on May 25 (a national holiday) after violent intimidation of his supporters by Sucre residents in favor of returning the capital to Sucre- the same people who previously forced the Constituent Assembly to leave their city after violent clashes in November 2007. Specifically, a crowd lead by university youth assaulted campesino delegates from rural municipalities of Chuquisaca (Sucre is the provincial capital), in Sucre to publicly receive central government funds from Morales, for their opposition to moving the capital back to Sucre and support of the MAS government. The campesinos were then forced under threat of further violence to disrobe (pictured above) in Sucre's central public plaza, hold the Chuquisaca flag (bearing the Spanish Imperial Cross), and apologize for not supporting Sucre's demands- kiss the steps of the Casa de la Libertad, where Bolivia's indigenous were originally made legal nonpersons in the drafting of the country's first constitution; all the while their ponchos (symbol of indigenous identity) were burned.

Even Sucre's conservative yellow rag El Correo del Sur (a usually propagator of racist vitriol) was forced to confront the obvious ugly racism of this practical lynch mob. But the western media has decided these happens to be a nonevent- not one word. I wonder why? Could it be that the underlining racism motivating conservative opposition to Evo Morales has been laid so bare that the previous euphemisms used by Western press to describe the pro-Sucre Capital movement as popular "street protests" will no longer fit, so it is best just to ignore the whole affair altogether? Will someone begin to make the connections as to who the main contingent of these "university youth" actually are? The presence of the Falange Socialista Boliviana? Activist arm of Sucre's conservative Comite Civico, the "Inter-institutional Committee", led by Rector of the University of San Francisco Xavier, Jaime Barrón? We will have to wait and see.


Updates

Thanks Inca Kola News for finding an additional English language newswire for the story, IPS.

Additionally read The Crime of Indigenous Insubordination by Jubenal Quispe at Bolivia Rising, and Colonial Backlash by Nick Buxton at Open Viens.

1 comment:

Carlo said...

Good Job! :)