"MEDIA LUNA" TO DECIDE CIVIL RESISTANCE MEASURES

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07LAPAZ1702 20 June 2007 Confidencial Embassy La Paz

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/20/2017
TAGS: ECON, PGOV, PREL, BL
SUBJECT: "MEDIA LUNA" TO DECIDE CIVIL RESISTANCE MEASURES

Classified By: ECOPOL Counselor Andrew Erickson for reasons 1.4 (b) and
(d).

1. (C) A June 18 manifesto released by the Democratic
Autonomous Board of Bolivia, which is comprised of the
prefectural governments and civic committees of Santa Cruz,
Tarija, Beni, and Pando states, calls for "democratic civil
resistance" and a "national encounter for a democratic and
united Bolivia" to be held on July 7. The civic committee
directors and prefectural government authorities are holding
a series of closed door meetings to define the civil
resistance measures they will take. Tarija civic committee
member Amilcar Taboada told Emboff on June 20 that the board
will work to get other cities outside of the four opposition
states to participate in the July 7 meeting. Taboada said
the board is specifically trying to reach out to the middle
class in La Paz. Former Foreign Minister and Santa Cruz
leader Fufi Saavedra told Emboff that the board will decide
on a series of escalating measures, including possibly
withholding tax revenues from the central government.
Saavedra said the board has the difficult task of pressuring
the national government while at the same time keeping things
from getting out of control in Santa Cruz.


COMMENT


2. (C) The opposition Media Luna departments and the GOB
continue to publicly accuse each other of trying to
destabilize the country. Vice President Garcia Linera told
the press on June 19 that the autonomous board was "beating
the war drums." Vastly outnumbered by poorer, indigenous
Morales supporters, the middle class in La Paz has been
reluctant to publicly protest, and we assess that this
reality will limit the efforts of the largely lowland
opposition to bring effective opposition to President
Morales’ Aymara heartland. End Comment.
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