Bolivia's first indigenous president, Evo Morales, led a ceremony to celebrate the 207th anniversary of his country's military on Friday, stating that the Bolivian armed forces have returned to being an "anti-colonialist and anti-imperialist" force.
"The Bolivian military is heir to the independence guerillas and to the indigenous resistance movement against European invasion," he said on Twitter following the event. "Our military, with our democratic and cultural revolution, is recovering its identity. Today it is anti-colonialist and anti-imperialist."
Bolivia suffered greatly under 18 years of right-wing military rule which ended in 1982. Since assuming power in 2006, Morales' administration has pushed for the military to adopt a progressive, anti-imperialist role in geopolitics. The Bolivian president has repeatedly called for unity between the militaries of Latin American and Global South countries, even launching a school of anti-imperialism to train armed forces.