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The Protest

The cities of La Paz, Santa Cruz, Cochabamba, and Tarija made blockades to protest against the fraud in the elections of Bolivia. People from each neighborhood met together to go to the most important streets of the city and block them. They use cables, cars, pieces of wood, wheels, and almost everything they can find. When I went to the blockade of my neighborhood, there were people that blocked from 5 a.m. in the morning. There were teenagers, adults, and old people. They were also from every social class in the city. It was a good experience being with all these people that came together with a common cause.

We sing the national anthem with music from speakers. We went together to confront the cars, motorcycles, and trucks that wanted to pass. We also stopped some police cars by chanting: “A la policía le quedan dos caminos: unirse a su pueblo, o ser su asesinos”. People were mad because the police gasified many protesters. Later, we decided to let the police pass the blocks because they were not suppressing the people and we need them, we really need them. If the police join the people against the government, we can take down the president more easily. Luckily, some police’s wives went to “The Cabildo”, a meeting by the people in La Paz to listen to the speeches of Carlos Mesa and other leaders, and expressed their support to the people.

There were many other songs that people created:

“¿Quién se cansa?, Nadie se cansa!, ¿Quién se rinde?, Nadie se rinde!”.

“No, no, no, no me da la gana, vivir en dictadura como la venezolana”.

“No tenemos miedo caraj*!, No tenemos miedo caraj*!”.

“Esto no es por nota, tampoco es por plata, esto es por mi patria y mi patria se respeta”(This song is sung by the students from Universities of Bolivia who supported the protest.)

It was very inspiring looking for people’s feelings toward the country. However, although there are people that support the movement, there are also people who support the government. Some of them had confrontations against us. The majority of them were people from the countryside and the transportation sector. The farmers are humble people that do not have high education. They do not know what is really happening with the government. Evo told the farmers that we discriminate against them, so many of them are angry with us. The transportation sector had already confrontations with the people when they wanted to eliminate the “puma”, a bus with better service than the “minibus”. Some of them are thugs that went with sticks and rocks to confront the movement. I did not go to confrontations, but the people said that there was a war on the streets.

Pablo Penaloza

My name is Pablo Peñalosa. I am a junior who loves basketball. I am from Tarija. My favorite food is seafood. A word that would describe me would be persistent.

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