Stories about Bolivia from September, 2011
Mario R. Duran posts videos [es] of a vigil held in La Paz to support indigenous marchers in their struggle to defend TIPNIS.
A vigil was held in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba in protest of the September 25 police repression of the indigenous march in defense of the TIPNIS. Photo-blogger Stephany Eguino of the blog Pale Angel [es] captured the images of the gathering.
Cristina Quisbert of the blog Bolivia Indígena [es] writes about the police repression of the TIPNIS indigenous marchers as a day that “will remain recorded in the history of indigenous communities as a nefarious day in the violation of their human rights.”
In the past month, indigenous highway protest marchers in Bolivia have received widespread support from residents of cities on their route donating food and supplies, as well as from many Twitter users using the hashtag #TIPNIS.
The Bolivian indigenous march against a planned highway reached a standstill with the blockade of pro-government groups in the town of Yucumo. On September 25, uniformed police officers launched tear gas at men, women and children, causing diverse nationwide reactions.
Protests have continued by indigenous marchers to stop the building of a highway through the Indigenous Territory National Park Isiboro Sécure in Bolivia. Police recently blocked the march, raising tensions in the conflict.
Blogger Willy Andres recommends visiting the Facebook page “Salvemos al Tipnis. Save the Tipnis. Carteles Posters” in response to a project to build a highway through the Indigenous Territory National Park Isiboro Sécure (TIPNIS) in Bolivia. The page gathers posters created all over the world in support of saving TIPNIS.
In Bolivia, where unions are extensively formed by members of society, another group of workers have unionized: children. Bloggers and reporters try to put this delicate issue into context.
Luis Ramos in Citizen of La Paz [es] recommends 12 Bolivians to follow on Twitter.
Tania Lara from the Knight Center's Journalism in the Americas Blog highlights the case of Mónica Oblitas, a Bolivian journalist who recently reveled on her personal blog [es] that she has received death threats. Tania explains: “‘Your days are numbered,’ was one of several telephone and e-mail messages she received...
Daniel Calbimonte interviewed [es] blogger Hugo Miranda of Angel Caído [es]. In the interview Hugo explains what it means to be a Community Manager, lists his favorite blogs, discusses the future of the Internet, and answers other related questions.