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Saturday 10:00am

Rebellion, reformism and reaction in Bolivia

Latin America

Introduced by Rebecca Barrigos.

The Morales government was elected into power in Bolivia in 2005. Bolivia’s first Indigenous President, Morales’ victory reflected the aspirations of masses of urban and rural workers who had battled for years against neoliberalism. In government, Morales’ Movement for Socialism (MAS) instituted limited reforms and oversaw a redistribution of wealth, but ultimately as all social democratic forces, failed to confront capital. The MAS also co-opted their base amongst urban workers and campesinos and undermined them by demobilising class struggle. Recently, Morales was deposed by a reactionary coup led by the military and the Christian right, but with impressive resistance from the Indigenous majority population, peasant and labour organisations. This session will discuss this recent history of Bolivia, the role of the MAS and future prospects of resistance.


Bolivia’s ‘Movement for Socialism’ and the coup’ in Red Flag by Jorge Joquera

‘Excuse makers for the coup are enemies of democracy’ in Red Flag by Daniel Taylor

‘Bolivia: Class struggles and strategic positions’ in Left Voice by Matias Maiello


From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia: Class Struggle, Indigenous Liberation nad the Politics of Evo Morales, 2011 by Jeffrey R Webber (available at University libraries)

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