||[Jun. 8th, 2005|12:22 pm]
SW Online reports that Catholic priests in Bolivia have called for "social peace, the abandonment of 'extremism' and the reconciliation of rich and poor" in response to Bolivia's popular movement to nationalize the country's gas resources. As usual, the Catholic Church and contempt for humanity go hand in hand.|
From the article, "In Santa Cruz, where a pro-neoliberal elite wants to secede in order to keep intact their lucrative contracts with transnational petroleum corporations, right-wing gangs violently attacked peaceful pro-nationalization marches by peasants, teachers and health workers. Pro-nationalization protesters encircled the city and cut it off from land access. All told, more than 55 road blockades disrupted the main highways and commerce in seven of Bolivia’s nine departments or states.
Meanwhile, after receiving the green light from Pope Benedict XVI, the Catholic Church in Bolivia called for a national dialogue—to unify the interests of the Bolivian land oligarchy and pro-transnational gas elite of the eastern states, on the one hand, with those of the moderate reform sectors of the popular movements, on the other."
Let's hope that the Bolivians--people who understand how democracy should function--beat this neoliberal bullshit.