September 14 is the anniversary of the founding of Cochabamba. This year, since it falls on a Sunday, we had parades of high school bands on Saturday. Today, Sunday, was the parade of the civic organizations and the military, police and firefighters. Tomorrow, Monday, is a feriado, or holiday, in the department of Cochabamba.
Here’s a short video of some sailors of the Bolivian navy carrying Bolivian flags. (Even though Bolivia is a land-locked country, it still has a navy to patrol on Lake Titicaca and on the rivers in the Amazon basin.)
I don’t remember these displays of the flags in years past (although they have been there). This year, though, both yesterday and on Aug. 6, the national independence day, the flags have been very present. I think it’s a clear signal that the military is still on the side of Evo and an undivided Bolivia.