After Cochabamba, they will march in La Paz and Santa Cruz to support the president’s run for another term.
Social organizations in Bolivia are marching in Cochabamba in support of the re-election of President Evo Morales, the country’s first Indigenous leader, for the 2019 elections.
At least 50,000 people have joined the event, according to Department Coordination for Change representative Grover Garci. The organization comprises of several workers’ unions and women’s organizations in Bolivia.
Some 30 social organizations, as well as mayors and delegates from 47 municipalities, are marching in support of Morales. After Cochabamba, they will also march in La Paz and Santa Cruz to support the president’s run for another term.
Coca growers, campesinos and other sectors also joined the events at the main plaza in Cochabamba, where they will present an official statement in favor of Morales’ reelection and to protect the “process of change” under his government.
The Indigenous leader aims to run for a fourth presidential term.
The vice president of the Cochabamba Neighborhood Federation, Esteban Ramirez, said support for the current president is necessary to ensure sovereignty, respect for democracy and to protect the great economic and social changes he has promoted in the country.
“This mobilization will demonstrate the massive support of the anti-imperialist people to our president because he is always in the defense of the country,” Ramirez said.
Oil workers and mining unions also joined to support the process of change and structural transformations throughout the last decade under Morales.They said the president was not present at the march because he had been meeting with lawmakers since 5:30 a.m.
Jose Domingo Vasquez, head of the oil workers union, said they had presented Morales with a birthday cake, since he is turning 58.
The cake had a Twitter logo due to Morales’ strong presence in social media, with more than 265,000 followers.