Bolivia´s Minister of Land Alejandro Almaraz has kept his word, finally entering the ranch of US ex-pat dirt bag Ron Larsen in southern Santa Cruz, carrying out constitutional Land Reform responsiblities. Ron Larsen and his son "Mr. Bolivia", Dustin Larsen hold illegally extensive properties in Alto Parapeti where the OAS Human Rights Commission concluded indigenous Guarani communities are exploited by local ranchers through practices analgous to slavery, but Dustin Larsen insists is just regular ol´"poverty". Last Feburary, government Land Reform agencies working with Guarani indigenous organizations were violentely halted from carrying out retitling by the Larsens leading a gang of Santa Cruz paramilitaries, even kidnapping Almaraz and others.
Yesterday, Bolivian officials arrived at the ranch, made several arrests (the Larsens have apparently fled... back to Montana?) and seized a cache of arms. (pictured right with Almaraz) They can now go about the business of giving proper legal title of the property back to the land´s rightful owners under Bolivian law, the indigenous Guarani people historically dispossessed and enslaved by dirt bags such as the Larsens. A proud day for Bolivia.