On Sunday, the people of Bolivia celebrate 192 years of independence. In doing so, Evo Morales, the nation’s first Indigenous president, expressed gratitude towards the multiethnic and pluricultural nation and the country’s signing of the Independence Act in 1825, which made Bolivia a sovereign, independent country.
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Earlier, the country’s vice president, Alvaro Garcia Linera, emphasized that the greatest tribute to independence is to continue the transformation of this Indigenous majority country, which was initiated in recent years by the political coalition Movement for Socialism.
“I will continue working so that Bolivia is respected and beloved worldwide and where there is no poverty, where everybody has access to education, health care, work, happiness, that is our commitment on this day of the homeland,” Garcia Linera said.
Aun así, nuestros héroes indígenas nunca se rindieron ni se sometieron, tampoco renunciaron porque lucharon por la liberación de su pueblo.
— Evo Morales Ayma (@evoespueblo) August 5, 2017
"The difference and lack of adequate weapons of our Indigenous rebels against the devastating artillery of the repressors was enormous.
Even still, our Indigenous heroes never surrendered nor submitted, nor renounce for they fought for the liberation of their people."
Garcia Linera added that there’s an urgent need to foster a “social-ecologist” movement, one capable of rekindling humanity’s inherent relationship to nature which can only be achieved through social equilibrium practiced among the people in the Global South and north and by means of planetary wealth redistribution.
“Therefore, the emergence of an environmentalism based on social-ecology which promotes the protection of nature and incorporates the needs of a portion of that nature with the social requirements of human beings is essential,” he declared.
Somos la Bolivia dueña de sus recursos naturales, que mira al espacio, que siente el mar, que tiene esperanza en su futuro. pic.twitter.com/CFe63vidEo
— Evo Morales Ayma (@evoespueblo) August 6, 2017
"We are Bolivia, keepers of our natural resources, who look into space, who feel the sea, who have hope in the future."
Bolivia’s Minister of Communication Gisela Lopez also stressed that President Morales has always been focused on uplifting the status of Indigenous peoples to project the nation’s destiny well into the future for “that is who we are."
Since Morales took office in 2006, Bolivia has undergone a dramatic restructuring of its socio-political agenda. After nationalizing its natural resource sector, liberating itself from foreign magnates, the country has improved leaps and bounds in terms of education, health care, social security and the reduction of poverty and chronic child malnutrition.
Once known as one of most underdeveloped nation’s in the region, the country is now a leader in terms of its gross domestic product. In June 2017, Morales stressed that Bolivia had achieved complete independence from the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, which for many years dictated the economic destiny of the country.