As it was expected, the taking over and stealing Ex Vice President Victor Hugo Cardenas’s country house with the aggravate of the beating of his elderly wife and young children and nice by a maSSist mob lead by Evo Morales henchmen is a hot topic of discussion in the country and within my inner circle of friends and foes.
The most interesting comments come this time from the maSSist zealots, especially from the ones with higher education and the ones that trough the Bolivian style Persian market had worked hard and made enough money to own a small property to rest and enjoy in the countryside. Most of them have a member of the community that takes care of the grounds without pay but with the right to live in a hut on the border of the property with their family. They are also allowed to take some of the agricultural products the small land produces if the owners are interested on having them. Yes, the above owners are in deed Evo Morales supporters; at least they were up to the Cardenas’ ordeal.
For them, communitarian justice was fare away, at the land their grandparents left, were their poor cousin live, no at the out squirts of the cities or at the well established tows were they go eat their “platito’ and drink their chicha in tutuma. Today, those sacred places are no man’s land taking in account the way the maSSist regime is allowing the violent to interpreter the new constitution.
Most of them think that in this case the community made a mistake and that what it was done it was definitively not right, but none of them say they will rise against the communal leaders if they believe what they are doing is wrong. And why will they? The quechua-aymara communities have teach their young that to survive is to do whatever the community says they have to do, without taking in consideration that the “community” is in reality one or two powerful families that control everything, from production to commerce in their little feud; just like in medieval Europe.
And like in medieval Europe, those landlords had to kneel and serve as the stick of the more powerful king or warlord in order to subjugate the people; specially those vocal against the powerful. In this case the king is replaced by a dictator want to be which masterfully handles their landlords in a Machiavellian way and supported with a lot of money; which by the way, is starting to run scarce.
For what is worth, and as a short answer, these maSSist supported usually tell you they fill they are OK since they are planning continuing serving or supporting the party; off course, knowing their treacherous ways, they might clean up their fear by exchanging their secret vote, while they still have one, for somebody less tyrant than Evo Morales. Who knows and maybe treacherousness won’t be such an ugly word, especially if it is used to kick the maSSist out of government.