LA PAZ – Bolivia’s President Evo Morales marched on May Day – International Workers Day – in the city of Santa Cruz together with unions that support his government, and called on people around the world to fight against “capitalism and imperialism.”
Morales headed the march organized Monday by the Santa Cruz Provincial Workers Center, headed by Rolando Borda, who in 2015 was the ruling party candidate in the regional elections.
The president led the workers along downtown streets until they arrived at the regional legislature building in the city’s main square, then went out on the balcony to greet all those taking part in the march, including oil workers, government officials and young members of the ruling party.
In a speech he gave after the march to his scores of followers, Morales called on “all the people of the world to combat capitalism, to combat imperialism.”
“The worst enemy of humanity is capitalism and imperialism... Those in favor of capitalism are in favor of war, and those who favor war favor the culture of death. Those of us who defend life must unite and organize to defeat capitalism around the world,” he said.
He also said that May Day “is a day to rise up and stop the exploitation of workers” and also a day to seek “equality.”
Earlier in the day, at an event at Government Palace in La Paz, the president signed decrees to increase the national minimum wage by 10.8 percent, up to the equivalent of $287, and the basic or contracted salary by 7 percent for both the public and private sectors.
The percentages, agreed upon several days ago by the president with Bolivia’s COB union, have been criticized by the principal business associations, which warn that they are likely to kill jobs.