Last week’s top story:
Not as strident as all the Venezuelan news, but very important, Four killed in Bolivia clashes over new constitution
A Bolivian protester died early on Monday after being injured in clashes with police over the weekend, local officials said, raising the death toll to four from violent confrontations over a new draft constitution.
Jose Luis Cardozo “died in the early hours on Monday,” said Fidel Herrera, the head of the municipal council of Sucre, and one of the protest leaders.
Cardozo suffered serious injuries on Saturday as thousands of demonstrators demanded their southeastern city of Sucre be named the capital of Bolivia and protested pro-government delegates approving a new constitution.
The protests took a violent turn on Saturday evening when another demonstrator, a 29-year-old lawyer, died of a gunshot wound. Police later used tear gas to quell the protests.
Two other people, a police officer and a third protester, were also killed in the street violence and dozens were injured.
The Bolivarian Revolution’s not quite going as planned in Bolivia.
SUCRE, Bolivia (Reuters) – Demonstrators opposed to efforts by Bolivian President Evo Morales to overhaul the constitution on Sunday torched police stations and stormed a jail, freeing 100 inmates, while on the streets protesters clashed with police and one officer was killed.
The protests in the southern city of Sucre came hours after pro-government allies in a constitutional assembly approved a preliminary draft late on Saturday of the new constitution, a key Morales political project.
Morales, a leftist and Bolivia’s first Indian president, says the new constitution will give the country’s indigenous majority more political power.
But the vote was boycotted by the rightist opposition, which has heavily criticized the assembly.
On the streets of Sucre, protesters stood face to face with police officers, setting fires to tires as tear-gas rained down on them.
They also set fire to Sucre’s San Roque prison, starting a prison riot that saw at least 100 inmates escape, local media said.
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Spanish-language website of the week:
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From Mexico but posting on the Brooklyn madrassa, War of Ideas on the Homefront
The referendum on the extensive rewrite of the Constitution is scheduled for December 2.
This Ain’t Hell has a roundup of referendum articles and posts.
Read the item-by-item analysis of the constitutional reforms at the Venezuela’s Constitutional Reform website.
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Other Venezuela-related posts:
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Special thanks to Maggie, Eneas Biglione, Larwyn, and Maria.