Saturday, March 15, 2008

I have screwed and I cannot govern!

That might have being the words, in a 3 hour confession, Evo Morales, dictator of Bolivia want to be, cried out loud to Monsenor Terrazas, the representative of the Catholic Church in Bolivia. Just a couple of days after Evo himself told him and Tuto Quiroga, PODEMOS leader seeking the mediation of the Church, that we must give the Cesar what is the Cesar’s and God what is God’s; in a more criollo way. He was off course, no Cesar yet, so he promptly did once again what Tuto told him to do and started seeking the intervention of this entity to try to get him out of the hole he put himself in.

This can be promising, because the other time Evo Morales did something Tuto said must be done, things went relatively well for the Country, that is, nationalizing the prices of Hydrocarbons with new contracts. There will be some adepts to the regime that the 3 hour meeting with the representative of the Catholic Church was to put him in place; but if that was the case? Why V.P. Lineras backed out of Congress saying that he didn’t want to ruin the possibility of the conversations between Evo and Terrazas go well. Off course, we must add that since the maSSist legislators didn’t have their zealots around to protect them, they certainly don’t want to be in the same room and close to the democracy fighters fits in congress.

I applaud this intention to negotiate a way out for Bolivia; I hope it doesn’t come to late. It is a much better proposition than the maSSist, established trough their puppet Exeni in the National Electoral Court; where he is seeking to validate the legality of the regime’s proposal of new constitution at the same time that buries the autonomic movement and its referendums through weak interpretations of legality.

We will see what happens, what is certain is that the regime’s top heads have finally realized that their referendum for their new racist constitution is not going to win the 50% plus one votes it needs and they do not have a way to explain or contain their violent masses after their defeat is confirmed. One thing is getting close to be certain, there is not going to be a Bolivia as we now today under the wrath of an indigenous tyrant, without a fight that is going to cost the lives of many people; let’s continue working for that not to happen.


StJacques said...

I am an American who has been watching the Bolivian situation with great interest and I have been reading your blog for over a year. My personal opinion is that Evo Morales represents a threat that is greater than many people understand because what is happening in Bolivia is noticed elsewhere in South America, which gives encouragement to the opponents of Democracy and Freedom to abuse democratic processes in order to achieve non-democratic goals. And I agree with you that everyone should hope for a way out of this situation, which portends for violence in Bolivia's future.

I am visiting Bolivian news sites online to try to find clarification of the details of the recent decision of the National Electoral Court which is discussed in this article on the El Mundo web site.

Can you direct me to the details of this decision?

Y hablo y leo a español, así que usted no tiene que incluir solamente fuentes inglesas.


Anonymous said...

How is Evo a dictator? Does he run concentration camps, torture chambers, secrete police persecuting and making opponents dissapear?
Dictator who tolerates so much free of speech like this page, the sold out newspapers, TV stations, and the extreme right croats and cambas civicos who are the real threat to democracy.
Bolivia Libre you are so blind. Please be honest with yourself, or stop calling yourself a bolivian. You are just a sold out blogger.
No decency. No honesty, no truth in this page.

Pablo said...

Anon 11:29

There are no concentration camps or torture chambers or secret police. Those are not (thanks only to God) the characteristics of this "would be" dictatorship. If you go to Ivirgarzama or any of the altiplanic colonies in Chapare you can see what we know here as "dictadura sindical", and these are places where people get linched.

You think that being able to write one's opinion like we do here is "too much" free speech? then you're the one who has something wrong with your democratic perception, dude, seriously.

A threat to democracy are the deeds perpetrated by the hordes of miners and henchmen and women who took the congress by force of numbers and violently prevented opposition representatives (women) from expressing their views in the temple of democracy. Treats to democracy are the attitudes taken by the governing party's followers when they say they are going to burn the referendum's ballot urns if am autonomic consultation should happen.

A threat to democracy are the discriminators who voice their hate at a certain people (cambas) because of their place of origin or the termination of their last names (croats). That's not democratic at all, buddy.

No one needs to stop calling him or herself bolivian just because they think differently from you.

... and stop talking about decency, honesty or truth if you don't have the balls to show your face or even sign your name under the BS that you write.

A good ¿por qué no te callas? would be in order for you, cousin.

Anonymous said...

Your name son? Marinkovic? Golberg? Go home and stop your lies. Violence in Santa Cruz, Sucre by the cambas civicos paid by the crooks in Santa Cruz.
why I do not sign my name? Because of the thugs like you who threat and put bombs in houses of the opposition in Santa Cruz. Is that democracy like punk?

Pablo said...
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Stjackes, It isn’t as difficult as it sounds; it is the idea of trying to legitimate the regime’s proposal for new constitution at the expense of the proposal for departmental autonomies from the opposition; today, this might only serve the Morales regime at the international level. As you probably have read my opinion, both propositions have born illegal, the one from the regime through violence and tyrannical mass movement on the territory where the government cannot be easily challenged and the one from the opposition as a response to the regime’s illegality, in a show of political force, in their own territory where the maSSists have little power without the use of the army; something they already intended once only to see over 10 thousand people mobilized against it.

Exeni, the regimen’s puppet in charge of the Electoral National Court (CNE) has declared that he cannot lead the voting for the new constitution because the law, illegally and violently passed by the maSSist legislators, doesn’t give him the 90 days period another previous law established was the minimum period necessary to execute a referendum. The same day and under the same violent and illegal ways, another law was passed saying that only Congress can decide if a referendum can take place and only Exeni’s CNE can execute them. Dose, he says the referendum for autonomies in Santa Cruz, organized by the Electoral Departmental Court (CDE) within the established amount of time is illegal. Off course, he and the maSSist regime bypassed another two previous laws, and forgot to amend them, that gave the Prefects and the CND the power to execute referendums.

The reason for all this, trying to go to legality by a regime with a President that says that if the laws are not good for their purposes they are not good, is simple; the autonomic proposals, especially the one in Santa Cruz, is going to win for sure, probably with close to 70%. Not because they believe what the autonomic document says, most of the people probably didn’t even read it; but because they oppose a government that has being so virulent against them and their institutions. In the other hand, there is a real chance that the regime’s proposal for new constitution doesn’t get the 50% plus one vote needed at the national level, to be passed if it would have being born legal.

As you can see, this is just another scam by the regime to try to keep their proposition on the table and take the one from the opposition out of the picture; something very important for the regime if their intent is to get international approval over a violent crack down of the Santa Cruz autonomic process.

Regarding news, I will read LaRazon and El Deber, to have a broad idea of how east and west of the Country see things; and I will certainly enter to read some blogs from people walking the streets, I recommend:

For starters.

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StJacques said...

Bolivia-Libre, gracias por su respuesta, especialmente la explicación que usted dio de los enredos numerosos que rodeaban la decisión. Estaba enterado de varios de éstos, pero las complejidades son demasiada grandes que no podría entenderlas todas.

Mi propio punto de vista es que Evo Morales y su partido MAS decidían a redefinir la naturaleza del ejercicio legal del poder policiaco en Bolivia cuando autorizaron a activistas del MAS para utilizar violencia para forzar la aceptación de una nueva constitución estructurada según su programa político sin la consideración de las consecuencias de esa decisión. Cualquier decisión autónoma para redefinir el poder policiaco representa una reestructuración del estado y el resultado ha sido que este proceso de la reestructuración ha procedido, bien, autónomo, de una manera de la cual Morales y el MAS no anticiparon. Y también pienso que una vez que un proceso como esto haya comenzado, no puede ser parado. Espero me confundan, pero temo para la gente de Bolivia porque creo que esto es qué está sucediendo.




I am not sure what do you mean for “poder policiaco”; translated to English you are saying “police power”, but by your comment I think you meant “Policy Power”. If is the later, you are more or less right; the use of mass movement violence is a much more common technique used by the opposition in democratic countries; since the government “supposedly” had to manage themselves the best they can within legality.

In the present case of Bolivia, the maSSist regime leadership took their landslide electoral victory as permission from the people to start a revolution, and as everybody knows, revolutions don’t care much about legislation. Thus as you state, the Morales regime didn’t anticipated that the opposition, which were the ones trying to keep everything within legality, decided to also go illegal; and it worked greatly for them.

The country is significantly divided, that is for sure; but every day it seams that is the maSSist regime the one losing ground. I don’t know; it always looks like that when you have a much decided opposition capable of moving masses. We are going to become autonomous from the central government, which is also something irreversible; the level of autonomy and its legality, as you observed, is what is at stake.