By EUGEN ROXAS / The Achacachi Post®
TIQUIPAYA, Bolivia. — Table 18 was banned by the government of Evo Morales in World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth of Tiquipaya, Bolivia because the issues that want to be discussed in this Bureau 18 are local and it can not be permited parallel discussions.
Even with the ban the Table 18 will be established to one block from City Hall of Tiquipaya, Bolivia.
The institutions who carry out the Table 18 are:
National Council of Ayllus and Markas of Qullasuyu (CONAMAQ), CENDA, CESU, CEDLA, COLECTIVO CASA, FOBOMADE, BOLPRESS, ENLACE and Landless Movement.
The topics discussed at this table will be carried out even with the threat of being taken out by the Bolivian police.
Among these issues are:
- Water contamination from copper mining (Corocoro town) ,
- Construction of a dam for a power plant on the Madeira River (Beni region),
- The mining activity of gold ore in open pit mine (Sumitomo’s San Cristobal mine) and,
- Lake Titicaca contamination by sewage.
President Evo Morales expressed concern about the parallel Table 18 saying:
"It's an international debate, not a debate for a national problem, and I take this opportunity well, we found that some foundations, NGOs looking for our leaders to try to make another parallel event."