Between the Armed Struggle and the Elections

  • Leonidas Oikonomakis


Compañeros , are you inclined towards a rebellion? I was asking during the seminars… ‘Yeeees! Armed struggle!’ Evo was shouting…

…recalls Filemón Escóbar, the principal advisor and political educator of Evo Morales and the Six Federations of the Chapare. He also adds that the Chapare was an ideal place for a guerrilla due to its dense vegetation and its isolation from the rest of the country in every possible way: political, geographical, or economic. However, Don Filemón, el viejo Filippo of the Bolivian left, did not share Evo’s enthusiasm:

No, I was explaining to him. Ours, is a political struggle for the coca leaf, to participate in the elections with our own candidates.


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  • Leonidas Oikonomakis
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of CreteCreteGreece

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