Four Regions from Boliva Declare their Autonomy

The Four Areas Produce Most of Bolivia’s Natural Gas

What will the Bolivian Government of Evo Morales Do? 

Hugo Chavez’s vision for a South American socialist paradise was dealt a blow Saturday.

Not often seen in the Western Hemisphere, is a full-blown civil war coming to Bolivia?

Four regions declared their autonomy from the central government Saturday and people waved Santa Cruz flags in the streets–not Bolivian ones.

The regions produce the most natural gas for cash-strapped Bolivia, so the central government of Evo Morales is unlikely to let bygones be bygones.

What’s a central government to do?

Thousands waved the Santa Cruz region’s green-and-white flags in the streets as council members of the Santa Cruz, Tarija, Beni and Pando districts made the public announcement.

The officials displayed a green-bound document containing a set of statutes paving the way to a permanent separation from the Bolivian government.

Council representatives vowed to legitimize the so-called autonomy statutes through a referendum that would legally separate the natural-gas rich districts from President Evo Morales’ government.

The move also aims to separate the states from Bolivia’s new constitution, which calls for, among other things, a heavier taxation on the four regions to help finance more social programs.

“The statutes will be ratified,” said Oscar Ortiz, Santa Cruz senator. “With a public referendum, the people of our region will legitimize their will.”

About 35 percent of Bolivia’s 9.5 million people live in the four states, according to The Associated Press.

Not everyone is happy with the move. Some demonstrators took steps to hinder the rebels and assist the federal government.

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Boliva: Is Civil War Coming to South America? 


Boliva: Is Civil War Coming to South America?

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