Bolivia Crisis Worsens as Emergency Summit Is Held

Forrest Hylton: The US is being shut out as the South American regional body tries to solve crisis on its own.

The ongoing conflict in Bolivia saw at least 30 people killed on the weekend, as the opposition clashed with government forces.  The opposition headed by wealthy landowners have vowed to make Bolivia ungovernable.  Martial law was declared on Saturday in the province of Pando.  Vice President Alvaro Garcia held meetings with the opposition in La Paz, whilst President Morales was attending an emergency UNASUR (Union of South American Nations) summit in Chile.

Forrest Hylton is the author of Evil Hour in Colombia (Verso, 2006), and with Sinclair Thomson, co-author of Revolutionary Horizons: Past and Present in Bolivian Politics (Verso, 2007).  He is a regular contributor to New Left Review and NACLA Report on the Americas.  This video was first broadcast by The Real News Network d on 16 September 2008.  Click here to view the previous RealNews interviews with Forrest Hylton.

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