Confirmed participating citie s~ EUROPE: London, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Vienna, Amsterdam, Berlin, Geneva, Gothenburg, Bergamo ~ U.S. : New York, Washington D.C., Virginia, Chicago ~ BOLIVIA : All cities
SOLIDARITY WITH INDIGENOUS PEOPLE IN BOLIVIA & THE WORLD 2 TO 9 AUGUST 2020
OPENING DAY IN LONDON
CLOSING DAY IN GENEVA
WHY WIPHALA PRIDE WEEK?
The Wiphala flag represents millions across South America and the world. In recent months, Bolivia has experienced a surge in discrmination and racist practices against indigneous people, in November 2019 our Wiphala flag was discarded from Parliament.
Amnesty International has intervened calling for respect to human rights by the current interim far-right government led by Jeanine Anez.
Over 30 cultural and social Bolivian groups, mostly in Europe, have joined forces to form Wiphalas across the World as an international response to the racist, facsist coup in Bolivia.
From August 2 to 9 we call for all to stand in solidarity with the 528 years of historical struggles of indigenous peoples in Bolivia (Abya Yala) and in the world, we are doing this through a series of events during that week with an opening gathering on London’s Southbank and closing event in Geneva, close to the UN headquarters.
WHY WE NEED INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY?
Because we need the world’s solidarity in our call to denounce the violent, exclusionary and racist policies in Bolivia and the world.
On November 10, 2019, the Armed Forces and the Bolivian Police "recommended" the president’s resignation. President Evo Morales and his government, whose members were already suffering persecution and lynching on the streets, felt forced to resign with the aim of ending violence and achieving social peace. At that moment democracy in Bolivia was officially extinguished.
That day, the opposition proceeded to occupy parliament and burned the official Wiphala indigenous flag, sending a racist and colonial message against indigenous peoples and summarized by this phrase from the head of the extreme right-wing coup, Fernando Camacho, upon entering the palace:
"The Bible has returned to the palace, the Pachamama (Mother Earth) will never return."
The coup d'état was consummated two days later, when Jeanine Añez proclaimed herself president in a parliament without quorum and with the Bible in hand.
VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN BOLIVIA BY THE GOLPIST AND THE RACIST GOVERNMENT
In our Wiphala Pride Week, we call for international solidarity in denouncing:
• The political, police and military persecution of all manifestations of resistance to the coup, which has led to 36 citizens killed in the Senkata massacre.
• The incarceration of Senators, MPs, Ministers, Mayors and social leaders resisting the coup
• The criminalization of the K’ara Kara protests and the acts of solidarity in the tropics of Cochabamba.
• The closure of 43 indigenous radio stations and arrests of over 60 journalists
• The public commendation of paramilitary groups who go on the street in mobs of motorbikes armed and masked to harass, beat and lynch anyone resisting the coup, targeting indigenous towns.
The paramilitar Kochala Youth Resistance group were praised by the de facto government minister hailing them as “Riders of Democracy" by restoring order and law in the country.
These groups openly attack innocent indigenous people on the streets and have systematically harassed the Ombudsman of Cochabamba and Mayor Patricia Arce
• The violation of indigenous cultural integrity, including the burning, destruction of our Wiphala flag, a cultural symbol of the Bolivian indigenous population, an act of violence committed by police officers, civic leaders and private citizens in various official and public spaces.
ORGANIZE YOUR WIPHALA PRIDE WEEK IN YOUR TOWNS AND CITIES
How: Organize a two-hour public gathering of solidarity and support for the indigenous peoples of Bolivia and the world between August 2 and 9.
Our opening day will be on Sunday 2 of August, we want to encourage as many people in the world to join us on the opening day
Where: Ideally in an iconic location, however, wherever you can safely gather in solidarity you are welcome, just be sure to tune in and broadcast your encounter
Format: We recommend a maximum two-hour gathering, wear national costumes, bring your Wiphalas flags and invite support groups to participate with dances or short speeches, the purpose is to concentrate solidarity from those who still live systems of systemic colonial racist oppression. We are millions, we are powerful.
Whenever possible, we want everyone who participates to organise a 'wiphala pride walk' and wave all our flags. We want to send a message to Jeanine Añez, the interim president of Bolivia, “We are indigenous, we are proud!”
Finally, this is a joyous, proud and peaceful gathering, we do not cause disruptions, we walk with pride, we say: "We are here and we are millions!"
SOCIAL NETWORKS: SHOW YOUR WIPHALA PRIDE WEEK TO THE WORLD!
This is a family friendly gathering, take photos, send messages and use #WiphalaPride #OrgulloWiphala
Our collective Wiphalas around the world will be sharing our opening and closing gathering LIVE on Facebook and YouTube, tell us the time when you will organize yours to tune in and share with the world!
COORDINATION & SUPPORT:
Wiphalas Around The World will not be responsible for organising Wiphala Pride activities in different cities and towns, however, we will be offering support through a telegram group for those who wish to share ideas and be in contact prior to the Wiphala Pride Week.
Let us know if you are interested in taking part in this week of Wiphala Pride day by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
WHO ARE WE
Wiphalas Around The World or Wiphalas por el Mundo is an alliance of Bolivian collectives, cultural and social groups based mainly in Europe.
We have come together to denounce the coup d'état in Bolivia and the violations of human rights by the self-proclaimed interim president Jeanine Añez and her pro-fascist regime.
To date, we have coordinated a proactive and responsive position towards human rights abuses in Bolivia, we have done so by supporting our International Manifesto signed by prominent international leaders, including Jeremy Corbyn and Baltazar Garzon
We also host weekly forums with themes on the racial and fascist coup in Bolivia, special guests to date include Jorge Richter, Political Scientist, Fran Perez, Manu Pineda and more
See full list of activities for Wiphala Pride Week in Europe