Morales gives lands to Bolivian peasants

NEWS ITEM FROM PRESS TV

Bolivian President Evo Morales has presented title deeds to workers of the land of its previous owner, ex-president of Bolivia, Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada.

The house and lands were expropriated from de Lozada’s estate on the grounds that they could serve the greater good of the people.

“There are still some landowners here or there who only use their lands to relax, or have a party or a cook out for a weekend and they would come here and never work,” Morales told his audience.

Throughout the mountainous region of Los Yungas, Afro-Bolivians and indigenous Bolivians danced and played traditional instruments in celebration of the land given back.

“Mission accomplished, brothers and sisters,” said President Morales after presenting the property titles. “Now you are owners and not slaves of the lands as you were before.”

In all, Morales presented some 283 property title deeds to local residents.

Visibly moved local resident Alejandro Iriondo is grateful for the land. “I say to and pray to the president, thank God that our ancestors put him there (as president),” said Iriondo. “He has come to give us our land back.”

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About matangmanok

Jim Pascual Agustin writes and translates poetry. Sometimes he tries his hand at essays and stories. In 2011 the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House in Manila released BAHA-BAHAGDANG KARUPUKAN (poems in Filipino) and ALIEN TO ANY SKIN (poems in English). The same publisher released his most recent poetry collections SOUND BEFORE WATER and KALMOT NG PUSA SA TAGILIRAN. In 2015 a new poetry collection in English, A THOUSAND EYES was released. His first collection of short stories in Filipino, SANGA SA BASANG LUPA, was released in 2016. UK publisher The Onslaught Press launches his latest poetry collection, WINGS OF SMOKE, worldwide in February 2017. View all posts by matangmanok

3 responses to “Morales gives lands to Bolivian peasants

  • Missy

    Hi Sufjan, I love the changes here! I miss seeing the old tree with its roots bared, but this is nice. I talked with a heliumite today and it is an almost done deal that the forums below the top writers areas are going to be done away with. When I don’t know. Our hangout will be done away with as well as Arts and Humanities, CW, Politics, Religion, any of those below.

    I did mention that Helium will one day wake up when the dust is blowing and tumbleweeds are rolling across their site. Any site has forums, it is what draws people, but since it doesn’t make money for them and was said in fact they lose money it’s of no value. CW doesn’t make money so they’ll never be important to Helium.

    Sorry friend for writing all this here. Wanted it to be here for others to find when they travel this way.

    I’ve got your link. I ‘m posting it on all my blogs so I’ll be staying in touch one way or another.

    Well wishes to all your family.

    Missy

  • matangmanok

    Missy,

    Thank you. I have added your blog.

    Hope you are well.

    Jim

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