Tuesday, August 4, 2009

If Bolivia can do it - why not here?

Good news for indigenous people in Bolivia.

"The Bolivian government has begun implementing provisions outlined in the new constitution that give indigenous people the chance to govern themselves.

President Evo Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous leader, enacted a decree setting out the conditions for Indian communities to hold votes on autonomy."

Mr Morales said it was "a historic day for the peasant and indigenous movement".

"Your president, your companion, your brother Evo Morales might make mistakes but will never betray the fight started by our ancestors and the fight of the Bolivian people," he said.

Mr Morales has championed Bolivia's indigenous people, who for centuries were banished to the margins of society and did not enjoy full voting rights until 1952."

It will be great when this country begins to go down the same road. If Bolivia can do it I can't see why we cannot also do it.

Hat tip - Tumeke

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