pinkville (pinkville) wrote in syndicalism,

breaking news - and the Internationale

First: Amazing news.

Evo Morales, President of Bolivia, has ordered that all foreign owned natural gas fields be turned over to the country.

Morales signed a decree which orders troops to seize the fields to ensure gas production. The decree also says that companys have 180 days to sign over their fields, or leave the country.

"We are not a government of mere promises, we follow through on what we propose and what the people demand. We want to ask (the Armed Forces) that starting now, they occupy all the energy fields in Bolivia along with battalions of engineers," said Morales after signing the decree.

"The time has come, the awaited day, a historic day in which Bolivia retakes absolute control of our natural resources," added Morales.

Bolivia has the second largest supply of natural gas after Venezuela.

See also Bolivian troops ordered to occupy gas fields

Remember, Morales was considered more likely to be an accomodationist than an independent, genuine Left alternative as President of Bolivia. Well, this is sounding a lot more independent and alternative! ¡No Pasarán! ¡Viva la Revolución!

Also: Immigrants walk off jobs, into streets to show their economic clout in U.S.
and: 300,000 March in Manhattan at Anti-War Protest

And I was just thinking back to the stirring moment in Land and Freedom when the main characters, a band of anarchists and unaligned socialists fighting Franco in the Spanish Civil War, defiantly begin singing The Internationale...

Arise, ye workers from your slumber,
Arise, ye prisoners of want.
For reason in revolt now thunders,
and at last ends the age of cant!
Away with all your superstitions,
Servile masses, arise, arise!
We'll change henceforth the old tradition,
And spurn the dust to win the prize!

 So comrades, come rally,
 And the last fight let us face.
 The Internationale,
 Unites the human race.
 So comrades, come rally,
 And the last fight let us face.
 The Internationale,
 Unites the human race.

Land and Freedom

Happy May Day!
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