Bolivian Controversy

Reason.com. Retrieved February 15, 2011. President Hugo Chavez to the left of Bolivian President Evo Morales.

South America’s Evo Morales met with leaders from Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela at an emergency summit called to discuss his decision to nationalize its natural gas fields and refineries. Bolivia’s plan is to send any foreign corporations to leave the country if they do not change their contract and allow for the government to take over production. There are two countries in particular that will be affected most and those are Argentina and Brazil because they import from Bolivia’s gas. Hugo Chavez was much in accordance with Morales’s decision saying, “We support Bolivia that is pointing the same direction that Venezuela is pointing. We have recovered the control of our natural resources and our mineral riches in a very long and difficult process that even cost us an attempted coup. I can tell you that the process in Bolivia will in no way be traumatic, and I’m sure that everything will turn out well.”

In response to an interview with Amy Goodman, Morales had the following to say about his decision:

“And we’re going to defend the natural resources. If before, Bolivia was no man’s land, now it is someone’s land. It is the land of Bolivians, especially the indigenous and original people. Private companies, oil companies, transnational companies, if they want to come here and they want to respect Bolivian laws, they are welcome. We are going to make them respect them, but the companies that don’t want to respect Bolivian laws, that don’t want to subordinate themselves to the state, the law, may bad things come to them. The natural resources must be liberated, which means the natural resources must pass to the hands of the Bolivian state under the control of the Bolivian people, and that has begun, and we are going to continue our work without any fear.”

Sources:

Democracy Now. (May 5, 2006). “Evo Morales Nationalizes Gas Resources in Bolivia.” Retrieved February 15, 2011 from the Democracy Now website: http://www.democracynow.org/2006/5/5/evo_morales_nationalizes_gas_resources_in.

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