What’s going on in Bolivia?

“No other thing would be more pleasant for an American, than to see that his people strengthens bonds within sister nations that face the same disgraces: [occupation] and slavery.
For they are called upon by Nature to identify their cause: Glory”

Antonio José de Sucre, Grand Marshall of Ayacucho, b. Cumaná, 1795

On october 20, 2019, the Plurinational State of Bolivia held elections. Evo Morales and Carlos Mesa were the main contenders and according to Bolivian Electoral Law, neither of the two candidates met the threshold to claim the election on the first round, so they had to go to a second round of voting.

But on that same october 20, right as Bolivians were expecting the results in their homes, the ballotage system was stopped, only to be resumed the next day with a different result. Evo Morales reached the threshold required by law to claim the presidency.

I’ve been blogging about electoral systems for some years, so some friends in Bolivia had me look at the Bolivian Electoral System. I pointed out the following things being an observer with a wobbly internet connection from Venezuela:

In 2018, the Bolivian electoral authority faced heavy criticism when they announced a new quick vote count system.

During election night, right after the polling stations close, a preliminary electoral result transmission (Transmisión de Resultados Preliminares, TREP) is relayed to the main electoral authority in Bolivia. This first relay is just that. A quick look at how polling stations, for further scrutiny and tallying of votes. Right after TREP, the actual tallying takes place.

But Comrade Evo had a bit of a rush.

The same day, Bollinger and Veuve Cliquot champagne was already being poured to celebrate Evo’s victory despite the fact that no official bulletin had been posted.
The next day, in an unlikely turn of events, the Electoral authority of Bolivia said Evo Morales had won the presidency, something that took a bit of a shock to bolivians because the opposition was sure Morales had been defeated in his own electoral game.

Right after Morales claimed the presidency, the people of Bolivia took their anger to the streets. Fed up with corruption, lies and bad government, Bolivians took it upon themselves, without any foreign aid to schedule a National Strike on october 23.

The leader of the strike, Luis Fernando Camacho, presides the Santa Cruz Citizens Committee, an organization dedicated towards the improvement and advancement of communities in the eastern regions of Bolivia since the 1950’s. Another supporter of these anti-communist demonstrations is Marco Pumari, president of the Potosí Citizens Committee, representing the interests of Bolivians in the southeastern region of Potosí.

Every part in the crisis agreed to a second voting round, but taking into consideration that the Morales administration would not cater to the demands of the citizens of Bolivia, the cocalero government doubled down on their fraudulent “victory”.

The whole ballotage process took two full days to reach completion, showing Evo Morales to be the winner of the election. But a closer audit of the electoral results showed inconsistencies compatible with fraud: From voter registry, to voter suppression, and everything in between, the Bolivian election had been rigged from top to bottom, and there was no way of hiding it.

The Organization of American States (OAS) in its observer role, drafted a preliminary report on the election, stating grave flaws in the electoral process and calling upon new elections with a different electoral authority, one that wouldn’t be biased towards Morales’ political party.

The cocalero administration accepted these observations and demands, the very ones that Bolivians were calling upon while demonstrating in the streets. But these demands were not put in action, mainly because of time.

Protests escalated, several people died, many were injured and the cynicism of the cocalero government was of such magnitude that it rejected the OAS report, and started a crackdown on the protests using Police Forces and armed paramilitary troopers. But Bolivians were fed up and stood up to armed thugs. For three weeks, there was no way of stopping protests or appeasing the political stakeholders.

Evo Morales along with his vice president, Alvaro Garcia Linera decided to resign and several of his cabinet members followed suit after they saw a broadcast of a public Town Hall meeting led by Luis Fernando Camacho in Santa Cruz where they gave Morales and his cronies a 48-hour ultimatum.

That Town Hall lit a tinder across the nation and within hours, town halls were replicating backing up the decision of the Santa Cruz citizen’s to force Morales out of office.

Compañero Presi Evo didn’t resign so easily, he forced even bigger protests to oust him.

Citizens all over Bolivia took it upon themselves to peacefully occupy every single government office in revolt against the cocalero administration.

Morales’ supporters threatened Luis Fernando Camacho and every other opposition leader, and instructed their paramilitary to harass, beat, intimidate and kill everyone that dared oppose Morales, this made it very difficult for delegates and negotiators to make their way through the roadblocks of La Paz in order to deliver Evo’s letter of resignation.

But why are Bolivians so angry at the charismatic cocalero?

For one thing, he’s been in power for far too long…for Bolivian standards, for us Venezuelans have a knack of utter political masochism and keep a collaborationist opposition, but our friends in the Altiplano don’t fuck around, so instead of dialogue rounds with mediocre spanish politicians in fancy Dominican estates owned by bankers, they armed themselves and decided to oust Morales.

During Morales’ tenure life hasn’t improved for Bolivians.

Just recently, he authorized the uncontrolled burning of the western forest jungles of Chiquitanía, a natural reserve paired with the Tunari de Cochabamba National Park, along other reserves of natural land that make up over five million hectares that were turned into cinder between august and september.
Flora and fauna, the beautiful landscapes of the vast and dense Bolivian jungle were irreversibly destroyed by a government that claimed an indigenous environmentally responsible administration towards Pachamama, Mother Earth.

Morales granted no-bid contracts to Chicoms and Russian oligarchs that ravished the environment, throwing away his Pachamama-friendly approach towards environmentalism.

Morales’ administration is utterly corrupt, the many corruption schemes that blight his tenure are long and vast: Zapata, FONDIOC, Barcazas Chinas, the BoA Cateringa, the Salvatierra tractors, the menonite extorsion cases, the Chinese Satellite, the Jacob Ostreicher affair, and Odebrecht.

Morales has no qualms in stifling and silencing his opposers, no matter how weak or defenseless they can be: For he ordered his police officers to brutally attack a group of handicapped indigenous demonstrators, peasants that traveled to the capital and industrial hinterlands to show their angst met the police brutality of the baton, tear gas, lead and rubber bullets.

To further expand on Morales’ hypocrisy on the environment, his government decided to butcher through the Indigenous Territories and the Isiboro-Securé National Park, forcing scores of internally displaced persons as they see the lands they inhabited for years destroyed by bulldozers and “progress”.

Evo Morales claims to be the representative of every indigenous community in Bolivia, but he seldom payed attention to his voters and doubled down on chopping trees and cashing in fat checks from Chicoms and several other multinationals with very bad credentials on environmental care.

Human rights violations in Bolivia against different sectors of society have been well documented during the long tenure of the cocalero government.

Here are some examples of Bolivian violence under Evo’s tenure year by year:

All these events have yielded at least one hundred dead in twelve years of cocalero government.

Evo Morales thought he would rule Bolivia forever, he even left the Burnt Palace for a gory monstrosity of a building that hosted his new presidential palace and costed the Bolivian taxpayer 34 million dollars.

Just like his buddy, Hugo Chávez, he used to joke about what he would do if he left office. The Lieutenant-Colonel from Venezuela planned on relaxing in his hammock somewhere in the plains of his native Sabaneta, the cocalero social leader wanted to start up a restaurant with his other coca-chewing, gun-toting trafficking friends in his native region of Chapare.

In an interview with Jordi Evole, Morales justifies the massive public spending of his administration by boasting his jet, even admitting that Bolivia had to rely on Venezuela, Argentina and Cuba for support during Morales’ first years in office.

On January 21, 2016 Morales held a referendum asking Bolivians if he could be eligible for a fourth consecutive presidential term. Bolivians said NO. But even so, the government paid no attention to the public opinion expressed in the mandate of the ballot, and in contravention of the Political State Constitution of Bolivia, and several other international treaties protecting the right to choose, Evo Morales ran for a fourth term based on the fact that “it was his human right to run in the election”.

The cocalero administration of the Bolivian Treasury was nefarious, by selling his country’s national debt to the Chicoms, and creating an artificially pumped economy in which the forex rate hands on a thread, a time bomb that would eventually blow up on his face, but he was lucky enough to be ousted and having Senator Jeanine Añez’s team deal with the terrible effects of his handling of the economy.

In the healthcare sector, the Morales administration left unattended cancer patients and elder indigenous communities, allowing them to suffer preventable diseases that are not treated. Albeit the medical community of Bolivia is very active in pointing out the evident failures of their Public Health System, the cocalero administration just didn’t pay attention.

Why did Evo Morales resign?

Evo Morales and Alvaro García Linera resigned from the presidency and vice-presidency of Bolivia on november 10th 2019. They were left alone. In a single day, over 100 government officials presented their resignations: From governors, to ministers, mayors, deputies and institute directors, scores of public employees aligned with Morales’ political party quit their jobs. Even Morales’ lackeys at the Bolivian Workers Union turned their backs on the south american leader.

Army Commander in Chief Williams Kaliman asked Evo Morales to resign. Kaliman didn’t cajole, intimidate or push Morales to do so. The rest of the Joint Chiefs of Staff were staunch Evo supporters and saw how the political support of Morales dwindled in just a matter of hours. Dissent and discontent was palpable from the barracks and the Generals took notice of that. Social media was chuck full of of both police and armed forces refusing to open fire upon their brethren.

For eighteen consecutive days bolivians peacefully demonstrated against their electoral disenfranchisement, avenues, streets, roads and highways were blocked, the country was paralyzed and hellbent on ousting Morales.

From the economic hinterland of Santa Cruz in the western jungle plains, to the Riberalta in the northwest, where the angst and tensions were so high that a statue of Venezuelan Commander Hugo Chavez was defaced and destroyed.

Cochabamba, right in the heart of the country suffered a lot of the backlash as armed Evo supporters, guided by FARC sleeper cells stormed the gatherings of the Citizens Committees to stifle protests.

The empoverished lithium mining region of Potosí in the southeast of Bolivia also revolted against Morales. So did the people in Chuquisaca, Tarija, Beni, Pando and the Capital city of La Paz.

Every bolivian citizen was arm to arm resisting against the tyranny.

All this took place without Blackhawk Helicopters with the Star Spangled Banner painted on the side spraying napalm on innocent people.

The Americans wouldn’t even move a single finger for a country that has worse ailments like Venezuela, who is to blame for the largest migration crisis in the American continent history.

Why would Americans give a damn about Bolivia?

Most Americans can’t find it in the map, let alone know who Evo Morales is.

What americans do know and zealously care about is cocaine. But that’s for another story.

Many thanks to everyone in the deep web for giving me intel and data. Che taipiré, es contigo.Recordá a Sucre.

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