First Lessons from the Fascist Coup in Bolivia

Luis Alfonso Mena S. most important lesson from what happened on Sunday, November 10, 2019 in Bolivia is that a revolution is vulnerable when it relies on armed forces from bourgeois institutions.

That is why Hugo Chavez transformed his country’s armed forces, gave them a popular and class character, turned them into defenders of the Venezuelan revolution and its people, and today they constitute one of the fundamental supports of the Bolivarian process, since they have never yielded to offers, blackmail or threats from U.S. imperialism and its lackeys on the continent.

Two fundamental tasks of any revolution are: political formation of the population with and for which the process of change is made, and preparing from the first moment the defense of that process, of that revolution.

The oligarchy never ceases in its counteroffensive to overthrow any left-wing revolution. And the latter cannot rest on its laurels and, much less, believe in the armed forces formed in the ideology of the ruling classes within the capitalist state, of which they are the defenders: a grave error.

This second factor has been equally determining in the Bolivarian revolution, since its social base in the popular neighborhoods and in vast contingents of the countryside and cities of Venezuela is formed and organized in militias armed, trained and ready to defend their homeland and the political process now led by President Nicolás Maduro.

The defense of a revolution is not only done through an international solidarity, which is important, but is contingent on the fact that the first to exercise resistance are the people of the country where the process is taking place, not the other way around.

In no country are the armed forces neutral; to believe that is supreme naivety. All of them play their role as defenders, as armed branches of a hegemonic social class in a specific state.

Thus, eventually, by complicit and subversive action or omission, they will rise up against the processes and the organizations that are not aligned with the oligarchic classes that have formed them and which they essentially represent. happened with the Bolivian police, who, with the support of the gringo State Department and the CIA behind them, mutinied and allowed the fascist bonfires to be ignited against the people, government authorities and social leaders, the Movement towards Socialism and the other parties and collectives related to Evo Morales.

Other armed forces also maneuvered, as happened with the military, which instead of closing ranks around the legitimate and re-elected head of state (Evo Morales) “suggested” that he resign. The second act of the farse was certainly prepared.

Evo’s resignation, until very recently unthinkable when considering the existing governance in his country and the enormous social and economic achievements of Bolivia, which placed him as an example for Latin America, will have serious repercussions for the social and political struggles in Latin America.

The offensive of the coup leaders, Camacho and Mesa, and their hordes against the embassies of Cuba and Venezuela is being denounced, and it is certain that the takeover of the government by the extreme right will reinforce the offensive of the United States, through the Lima Cartel, against the Bolivarian Republic.

To think that with the resignation of the President and his Vice President, García Linera, the bloodbath and vengeance of the Bolivian oligarchy against thirteen years of changes led by the government of Evo Morales would be stopped is another miscalculation.

On the contrary: the emboldened fascists will continue attacking, with greater strength, everything built and its leaders in Bolivia, because they will not squander the opportunity to destroy the roots of one of the most influential political and social processes, indigenist and with a new cosmovision, which has just been dealt a blow.

The Bolivian people, with the solidarity of the progressives and democrats of the world, will know how to stand up and begin the just resistance against the reversal of the great social and economic transformations achieved in their country.

And they will know how to restore lost power, sooner rather than later. But this will happen by learning the lessons of the painful present moment.

Translation by Internationalist 360º