Sunday, May 07, 2006

Chavez shows true colours - Evo to follow soon

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has threatened to stay in power until 2031, expanding last year's estimate in one year. In complete disregard for democracy, Chavez said that if opposition boycott this year's elections, he will make a decree allowing another referendum to take place and secure his position for 25 more years.

The dictator said "(...) and even if they [the opposition] accuse me of willing to perpetuate myself in power, I ask you: Do you agree with Hugo Chavez being Venezuelan president until the year 2031?", making full use of his demagoguery powers -by starting his reasoning in one direction and ending it in another. He then put forward Fidel Castro's example and said that someone sentenced to death cannot have a plan to stay in power and knows that an imperialist plan will anhilate him at any moment, anywhere.

El Universal also has an article explaining Chavez's plans for expanding his power, on three accounts (here). These accounts are anti-capitalism, anti-US stance and expansion of the project -
who would have predicted that the next Cold War would take place in Latin America? And there is no better example of how this last part is working than Bolivia. The level of Hugo Chavez's dominance in the Bolivian government is unbelievable. Now, in the last episode of the soap opera, Evo Morales has invited Chavez once again, this time to launch MAS's platform for the Constituent Assembly (CA) (here). In this event, the guest speaker will talk about "the experiences of his Venezuelan peer, the way in which he solved the previous Venezuelan dictatorship -which, of course, had American support-, the banking crisis and the organization of the referendum". In other words, it will be a crash course for turning Bolivia into a Castrist dictatorship.

Sadly, Bolivia will obediently follow Venezuela's path and, despite all warnings, will not notice what has happened until it is too late and Bolivian balseros start flooding the Titicaca lake in order to go to a -let's hope- Humala-free Peru. As I argued some days ago, what happens to the gas is irrelevant, Evo has already won the CA and Bolivia's descent to authoritarianism and economic disaster is unstoppable now.

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Blogger La Ventanita said...

Bolivian Balseros?

Let's hope Bolivia wakes up before its too late. The Indians may lack certain education but as intransigent as they are, I would hope that when they don't see the money trickling down into benefits they would revolt.

Bolivian Balseros? Alvaro, 10 points on that one...

6:39 PM  
Anonymous galloglass said...

I'm not sure what will happen...I lived in Bolivia for several years, I don't know if the Camba nation(Santa Cruz, Beni, Pando, etc.) will stand for Venezuelan or Cuban domination. But then again I thought that the Venezuelans would rise up against Chavez.

9:30 PM  
Blogger Alvaro Ruiz-Navajas said...

Thanks La Ventanita. Your comments are always welcome here. Perhaps the only point here would be how long the impoverished majority will wait before revolting. Because, one thing's for sure, they won't see a single Peso of the nationalization in the pockets...

Galloglass, it very difficult to know. But I think that one great missconception about the Media Luna is thinking that everybody there is for independence. Santa Cruz is far bigger than the two innermost rings, where all the Magnificas stroll and all Ganaderos cruise. There is also a lot of poverty and feeling of abandonment -enough, at least, to give Evo a second place in the elections. And I think these people will welcome Venezuela and Cuba with open arms at least until things start getting worse.

10:43 AM  
Anonymous galloglass said...

Alvaro: I know that SC isn't monolithic, my concern is that when things get worse, with Venezuelan and Cuban masters pulling the strings, it will be too late. How does Evo view the Japanese-Bolivians? How do you see land nationalization playing out?

5:17 PM  

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