Saturday, June 14, 2008

Mr. Bolivia better get a Lawyer

(Guarani family captured by slave hunters, by Jean-Baptiste Debret)

So the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights came down to Bolivia and found that yes, native Guarani workers in the Chaco are living under conditions of servitude through "debt bondage and forced work", analogous to slavery. They pointed the finger specifically at Alto Parapetí where Ronald and Dustin Larsen have their ranch and head up the local "Defense Committee" accused of assault and kidnapping. The delegation also added one more offense to the list, that of exploiting child labor- which only seems natural if you've already got slaves and all.


raven said...


The Neither Party said...

unacceptable? Yes!
Inhuman? Apparently so.
Together, the Larsen holdings are supposed to total almost 250,000 acres, and in addition they are reputed to have their own 'militia' to defend themselves from any and all legal governmental authorities who have the rights and obligations of insuring rules and regulations are followed.
In effect, they have created their own fiefdom within Bolivia, and control all aspects of life there.
Though I am usually against violence, the Larsens' use of violence against legal government authorities requires a proportional response--and I hope with obvious undeniable over-whelming force--if serious negotiations to prevent violence fail.
If the Larsens provoke violence which serves to destabilize and divide Bolivia by flaunting legal authority, they should lose their holdings without compensation and sent packing, as a demonstration that in Bolivia, no man or family is now allowed to be above the law.
Unfortunately, if not thrown into prison, they would likely be forced to return and pollute Montana, as few other nations/states would have them.
"Ugly American"--in spite of titles to the contrary--thy name is Larsen.