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Evo Morales Celebrates 'Anti-Imperialist' Bolivian Military's 207th Anniversary

IN PICTURES: Bolivian President Evo Morales leads a ceremony to honor the 207th anniversary of Bolivia's armed forces.

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.

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Bolivian President Evo Morales addresses the armed forces at the 207th anniversary ceremony.
Bolivian President Evo Morales addresses the armed forces at the 207th anniversary ceremony. Photo:ABI
The armed forces of Bolivia gather at Patacamaya, performing demonstrations and exercises.
The armed forces of Bolivia gather at Patacamaya, performing demonstrations and exercises. Photo:@evoespueblo
Evo Morales honors the "anti-imperialist" role to which he says the Bolivian military has returned.
Evo Morales honors the "anti-imperialist" role to which he says the Bolivian military has returned. Photo:ABI
Members of the armed forces demonstrate their capabilities to resist invasion.
Members of the armed forces demonstrate their capabilities to resist invasion. Photo:ABI
Evo Morales addresses the assembled military crowds.
Evo Morales addresses the assembled military crowds. Photo:ABI
Evo Morales described the military as "heirs to the indigenous resistance movement against European invasion."
Evo Morales described the military as "heirs to the indigenous resistance movement against European invasion." Photo:ABI
Soldiers march in formation by way of demonstrating their military might.
Soldiers march in formation by way of demonstrating their military might. Photo:ABI
The ceremony marked a return to the values of indigenous guerrillas.
The ceremony marked a return to the values of indigenous guerrillas. Photo:ABI
Evo Morales applauds the armed forces for "recovering their identity."
Evo Morales applauds the armed forces for "recovering their identity." Photo:ABI
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