Sunday, August 17, 2008

Costas' version of "dialogue"

Following the recall referendum everyone thought dialogue between Bolivia's polarized political forces was a good idea. Even the US State Department was in on the idea.

So Morales was like cool. Let's meet up in La Paz and come to our senses.

Evo: "We have created a unique trust between our people, our armed forces, presidents and governors....My request is that now there is some trust, we jointly move to a second stage. This does not simply mean to talk about the sea (passage), about gas or commerce, but also that our peoples wish to see us united, and working together." (Otto translation)

So what has the Media Luna, and specifically Santa Cruz done since to show their good faith going forward towards a new era of national reconciliation? Let's see...

1) The UJC bombed the offices of CEJIS (an indigenous rights legal assistence ngo).

2) The opposition Prefects called for a "civil strike" after Morales said he would not cut off elderly pensions and fork over more cash to these greedy douches.

3) In a bizarre, this could only happen in Bolivia kind of twist, these same opposition Prefects have joined with the union of disabled persons' call for a "disabled pension" (just a little bit ironic and hypocritical, no?). Not that Morales or his government is opposed, but the UJC used the opportunity Friday to join with disabled protesters and turn their demonstration into a violent confrontation with police (check out the strange scene below). The UJC attempted to seize control of Santa Cruz' national police station and later with PODEMOS politicians raised a general ruckus.

The leadership of the disabled persons union is all like, 'what were you idiots in Santa Cruz thinking letting these assholes near your parade?' And Morales' government responds, 'hey if Rubin Costas and Branko Marinkovic want to play that way, we'll just throw them in court'. Let's hope they do. If you do read anything about this in the western press, expect it to be Morales' fault somehow.

So it just so happens that August 19th, the date set for beginning the opposition's "civil strike" is the 37 anniversary of Hugo Banzer's 1971 golpe de estado. I guess the coup watch is still on...

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