The Associated Press reports that Indigneous people in Bolivia are gaining more rights and powers under the Morales government than ever before.
The AP writes in part: “With re-election last month of Evo Morales, Bolivia’s first Indian president, and with Indians . . . winning seats in congress for the first time, the end may soon be at hand for a system the U.N. has classified as “forced labor and servitude.”
Though the Guarani account for only about 85,000 of Bolivia’s more than 6 million Indians, they have been the most downtrodden, and that makes them a priority for Morales in his mission of eradicating all vestiges of colonial repression. . . .
But Bolivia already has taken giant steps toward ending a centuries-old legacy of what Morales calls endemic mistreatment of its third-largest ethnic group by white overlords. . . .
Another expression of the Guaranis’ political awakening came in the same election, when voters approved autonomy for Indians in two Guarani-dominated municipalities. In April, the Guarani are poised to win a number of mayoral races for the first time here in their traditional homeland in southeastern Bolivia, where Andean foothills meet broad plains of dry scrub that extend east to Paraguay and south to Argentina. . . . “