Sunday, May 24, 2009

One year later

It has been one year since the "unprintable" events of the 24 of May, when several dozen indigenous supporters of Evo Morales were beaten, paraded, and stripped through the streets of Sucre making painfully clear to Bolivia (but apparently not the western press) the deep racism at the heart of the rightwing "Sucre Capital" movement. I recommend if you are unfamiliar and understand Spanish to watch "Humillados y Ofendidos", a documentary on the incident.

A year later the BBC has finally broken silence due to the reporting of Candace Piette, "Colonial Scars Run Deep in Bolivia". Let's just say that colonial scars don't only run deep in Bolivia.

In Bolivia, Evo has declared the 24 of May National Anti-Racism Day and will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the struggle for independence from Spain in El Villar, outside of Sucre where the occasion is traditionally held. Additionally, local indigenous campesinos plan to march through Sucre in defiance of the discrimination they experience there. Sucre has had the banners for the 200th anniversary of their claim to the "Cradle of Liberty" up for three years in anticipation of this day- it's a serious snub for Sucre to reflect back on.


Bina said...


I was just about to blog on this, but you beat me to it.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the Dude is back!