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Oscar Olivera (1955–) was a representative of the trade-union federation of factory workers in Cochabamba when the outbreak of the Water War in 2000 catapulted him into the leadership of the grassroots Coalition for the Defense of Water and Life. In the cycle of insurgencies from 2000 to 2005, he stood alongside Evo Morales and Felipe Quispe as the most visible leaders of the growing popular movement in the country.

In this text, Olivera criticizes the neoliberal drive to privatize common resources, from the perspective of the social movements and civil society in Cochabamba. Even the rain, Olivera points out,...

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