Ballots and bullets

By David Hoskins


Ballots & Bullets is a regular column that provides field reports on workers movements and the fight for socialism around the world at the ballot box, on the streets and in armed struggle.

Bolivia: Evo Morales and the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party won a landslide re-election in Bolivia’s Dec. 6 elections. MAS won 63 percent of the vote in the closely watched election, giving the party two-thirds of the Senate and Legislative Assembly seats and soundly defeating Morales’ conservative rivals. Morales is Bolivia’s first president to win consecutive re-election since 1964. The solid margin of victory is expected to provide Morales and MAS with the support necessary to push through further pro-socialist reforms and advance the revolutionary process in that country.

Colombia: The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) killed one police officer and wounded six others in separate attacks carried out in December in the southwestern provinces of Nariño and Cauca.

India: The Communist Party of India-Maoist has announced a loan waiver for poor farmers in parts of West Bengal. Under the waiver any crop loans taken out over the past two years are forgiven. Agricultural cooperatives, banks and private money lenders are forbidden by the CPI-M from collecting on the loans or charging more than 2 percent interest on future loans. The standard interest on agricultural loans in India is 7 percent, with private lenders charging much more than the standard rate.

India’s Maoist revolutionaries now have a presence in 20 of the country’s 28 states and have been carrying out large- and small-scale attacks against state forces. In October they successfully ambushed a police patrol, eliminating more than 17 troops.

Nepal: The Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist has announced the formation of 13 autonomous states in Nepal. The UCPN-M established these autonomous states outside of the Constituent Assembly, where they were driven from government office after winning the 2008 elections.  In related news, UCPN-M affiliated unions of farmers and squatters have seized hundreds of acres of land belonging to former royalists for redistribution to landless persons.

Philippines: The New People’s Army, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, ambushed and killed four police officers of the PNP 509th Provincial Mobile Group on Nov. 9. The NPA seized three M16 rifles, two .45 caliber pistols and other military equipment.


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