In 2016, the Bolivian government created in the military academy called the “anti-imperialist school.” The government, at the time, was controlled by the Movement for Socialism, which is a political party that came to power through support and acceptance by the social movements in Bolivia.
The Pink Tide period in Latin America, which saw the rise of left wing governments who came to power through bourgeois elections, was a special period for the hemisphere, and for revolutionary movements around the world.
What seemed to many like a new, innovative, upswing in revolutionary activity, has now dwindled away as fascist, and reactionary movements and regimes sweep the region and the world at large.
Bolivia, like other countries in Latin America, has had its government overthrown by far-right forces, backed by the regime in the United States. Social improvements are being rapidly eroded by the new regime.
The new regime has renamed the academy to the “Heroes of Ñancahuazu” after the Bolivian military unit that assassinated internationalist revolutionary figure Ernesto “Che” Guevara in 1967.
This action is part of a process of erasing the legacy and history of revolutionary change in the country, like the regimes torching of the indigenous Wiphala flag.
Che Guevara was assassinated in Bolivia in an attempt to start a hemispheric insurgency. His plan was to launch a campaign in Bolivia, spread out to the other countries, drag the US regime into a protracted war and eventually defeat imperialist forces in war. At the time the US was losing the war in Vietnam and revolutionaries felt the US couldn’t fight this many insurgent campaigns in tandem.
The Bolivian military assassinated Che with assistance from the CIA. The renaming of this academy is a clear statement against internationalist movements.