Seams simple, but isn’t; at least in Bolivian politics and especially within a ruling regime that pretends to hide the wolf under the sheep’s skin. From the beginning of the Evo era the “job” of V.P. Lineras trying to explain what the more than expressive president or maSSist ministers was saying just few hours earlier was of public commentary. This specialized job has become less necessary now that the regime has shown their real face and allowed Lineras himself to jump the totalitarian rhetoric. Today, the role of official miscommunication through maSSist interpretation has passed to less important but equally sinister staff, like minister Rada, but not so much as to change the wording but as to trying to blame their tyrant doings towards others. In all important cases so fare, the maSSist zealots ended up eating their words and not commenting more about the issue, as is they think the rest of the population is going to forget what they “don’t want to see”.
So, we have the end of 2007 with the history about the “pistoleros” in Sucre, some ghost characters created by the maSSists that executed their own people using bullets of calibers different than those of the military or police. A day later of this infamous governmental declaration the police and army itself indicated that they do and “sometimes” used such bullet caliber. A couple of days after, the opposition and the free press remembered Evo and his devotees that the henchmen that attacked the Presidential Offices during the “outing” of President Sanchez de Lozada in 2003 also used the same caliber; observations that surely “helped” the regime to start thinking about the need to find consensus with the democratic opposition rather than to try to impose their brutality over the country.
The year 2008 started with the left foot for the regime, first we have several assassinations under the hands of the Cocaleros in El Chapare, Evo Morales thugs, protected by the brutally and inhuman “Communal Justice”; and the regime’s belief of it being a type of sacred justice since it comes from the Inca times. The maSSist where quick to answer that torturing, as in lashing and hitting, and capital punishment (murder) as in burning or burying the victim alive and hanging is not a part of communal justice, the facts and the negative fro the regime to apprehend the authors of such barbaric behavior says other thing.
And just know, still within the first month of the year, the scandal, the National Direction of Intelligence, a police entity similar to what it is the FBI in the US and that depends directly under Minister of Interior Rada, yes, the regime’s most used spokesman of the last months, was caught by the “police” investigating opposition political leaders, free press journalists and others freedom fighter leaders, using “illegal” means; such as pinching telephone communications. The regime, off course, denied they had anything to do with it, since those were the tactics against them in the times of military dictatorship; it seams they learned pretty well what you should not do if you want to keep yourself within democracy.
So fare, the maSSist haven’t even recognized the existence of the documentation and blamed the opposition and the police for the chaos; the information is coming by the hour, so we will see in the next few days where the road to this “Evogates” takes us. For the moment, all of us will continue in this rollercoaster to save the country from a tyrant.