The BBC recently reported a football match in La Paz involving Evo Morales and Diego Maradona. Bristol Bolivia Solidarity Group has decided to use this to highlight what is happening under Bolivia ’s progressive government and how it is overwhelmingly underreported.
The Group held a symbolic football match on College Green on Saturday 3 May from 12noon until 2pm, to which representatives of the BBC were invited.
The football match was interspersed with information and readings about Bolivia .
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Collective struggle in Bolivia
In 2000 people in the city of
In December 2005 collective struggles resulted in the election of indigenous Aymara coca farmer, Evo Morales, leader of MAS (Movement towards Socialism).
The profits from these industries enabled the government to give grants to 1.4 million school-age children and a universal pension for people over the age of 60.
Cuban advisers taught 600,000 people to read and write, using the Cuban "Yes, I Can!" literacy programme. Illiteracy is expected to be eradicated by September this year.
These are just some of the positive changes made since 2005.
Threat to democratically elected government in Bolivia
The opposition, predominantly from the elite class, landowners and multinationals, are undermining the government. Backed by the media and international powers, mainly the
The opposition, based in the fertile lowlands of
This is a serious threat to the economy of
"I note with concern the intention of the authorities of the Department of Santa Cruz to promote a…referendum on departmental autonomy…The draft statute of autonomy includes a number of provisions of a racist character… which would be highly harmful for the indigenous peoples”
(United Nations Special Rapporteur, Mr Stavenhagen, speaking on