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Cambi-Kollas: Bridging the Divide? Highland Migrants in Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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Ken Lehman

Hampden-Sydney College
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On August 10, 2008 Bolivians went to the polls in a recall referendum on President Evo Morales and eight of nine Departmental Prefects. Morales, who won the 2005 election with an impressive 54% of the vote, saw his support increase to over 67% in the recall election while opposition prefects in two crucial departments—La Paz and Cochabamba—were ousted. The results showed broad support for the bold reforms he favors: 1) beating back the forces of neo-liberalism and globalization, 2) moving instead—as his party’s name (Movimiento al Socialismo) unflinchingly proclaims—toward socialism; 3) ending forced eradication of peasant-grown coca while exploring new markets for the leaf; 4) redistributing the nation’s lands more equitably; and 5) reversing 500 years of oppression by restoring power to Bolivia’s indigenous majority through constitutional reforms.

How to Cite: Lehman, K., (2009). Cambi-Kollas: Bridging the Divide? Highland Migrants in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies. 22(1), pp.1–23. DOI: http://doi.org/10.23870/81
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Published on 01 Jan 2009.
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