Bolivia joins the World March for Peace with a mass celebration in the Hernando Siles Stadium

01.10.2009 - La Paz - Agencia Boliviana de Información - ABI

The event will take place simultaneously in over a hundred countries in the world to commemorate International Day of Non Violence, which is in homage to Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.

In Bolivia, two ceremonies will take place to highlight the beginning of the march for peace: one in the city of Cochabamba and the other in La Paz, in the Hernando Siles stadium.

The ceremony will start at 15:00hrs at the south curve of the sports stage in La Paz where “a sign of non violence with torches and candles, along with songs and posters in favour of peace and non violence” will be formed.

The march for peace, in which a base team of 100 people is participating, will pass through Bolivia on 22 December, requesting an end to wars, the dismantling of nuclear arms and the cessation of all types of violence (physical, economic, racial, religious, cultural, sexual and psychological).

Evo Morales Ayma, President of Bolivia; Pablo Ramos, prefect of La Paz; Zulma Yugar, Bolivian singer-songwriter; Fanor Nava, Mayor of the city of El Alto; Juan del Granado, Mayor of the city of La Paz; Tito Solari, Archbishop of Cochabamba; Gonzalo Terceros, Mayor of the city of Cochabamba; Gastón Cornejo, Senator; The Ministry of Autonomy; The People’s Ombudsman; channel Siete, Cambio newspaper, Popular Qhana Education Centre, Fe y Alegría and University Mayor of San Andrés have joined the march.

On an international level, different institutions, well-known figures from the world of science, culture and politics, sensitive to the urgency of the moment have joined, such as Michelle Bachelet, Cristina Fernández, Tabaré Vásquez, Rigoberta Menchú, Desmond Tutu, Dalai Lama, Yoko Ono, Viggo Mortensen, Penelope Cruz, Juanés, Isabel Allende, Joan Manuel Serrat, Noam Chomsky, Mario Rodríguez Cobos, José Saramago, Federico Mayor Zaragoza, Mothers from the Plaza de Mayo, Red Cross Argentina, among many others.

Next Sunday in the avenue El Prado in La Paz another activity will take place where there will be a request for peace and non violence with a festival in which well-known music groups will participate. rsl ABI

*(Translation provided by Rhona Desmond)*

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