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Independence Day of Bolivia

6 August 2017

Bolivia signed its declaration of independence on August 6, 1825 and marked the first Independence Day for Bolivia.

On Sunday, the Bolivian community celebrated 192 years of independence. The country's signing of the Independence Act in 1825, made Bolivia a sovereign and independent country.

Photo: Susana Caputi, Honorary Consul‎ of the State of Bolivia in Johannesburg, South Africa at the celebration of Bolivia's 192nd Independence Day

Evo Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous President calls for unity as Pachamama – Mother Earth’s month begins.

Bolivia has undergone a dramatic restructuring of its socio-political agenda which has improved education and health care and has reduced poverty.

The country’s vice president, Alvaro Garcia Linera, emphasized that the greatest tribute to independence is to continue the transformation.

“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,” he said.

"The difference and lack of adequate weapons of our Indigenous rebels against the devastating artillery of the repressors was enormous. Still, our Indigenous heroes never surrendered nor submitted, nor renounce for they fought for the liberation of their people." Evo Morales tweeted on the National Day.

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.

Since President Evo 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 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.

The Bolivian Community of Johannesburg and Pretoria celebrated the 192 Independence Day in Centurion, Pretoria. The celebration was shared by other members of the Latin American community and friends and families. Music, Food, Dance and Happiness were part of the day.

Consulate General of Bolivia in South Africa

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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