Bolivia Recognizes Torturing Its Own Citizens
Evo Morales behind TIPNIS Tortures
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In recent months I published several articles on Bolivia. They dealt mainly with the recent defeats of Evo Morales in the TIPNIS Affair and the Judicial Elections. In the TIPNIS Affair Evo tried forcing a new road through a natural reserve; I claimed the route had been chosen because of its being along the coca-trail. Eventually, the aboriginal residents of the reserve won a major battle, forcing Evo Morales to give up his precious road. Then, in October 2011, the elections to judicial authorities were held here for the first time in human history. All the candidates had been approved by a government committee and where thus widely seen as representative of Evo Morales and his party. Bolivia is a single-party type of democracy, which would have made Stalin proud. Following a campaign brutally silenced by Bolivian media, the opposition won a major victory after the majority of the votes were purposely nullified by the voters. They said “No!” to Evo.
“You are exaggerating, Evo is an ‘eco’ leader, as green as the coca leaves financing him,” was the tone of several answers I got (Evo Morales is also Head of the Coca-Growers Confederation). At the time it was difficult to bring more evidence than what was mentioned in the articles. I waited for a while and finally, this week horrendous evidence supporting my claims and analysis became public. Oddly enough, all of this evidence was released by formal Bolivian bodies. No way of denying the facts now.
On November 26, Felipe Cáceres from the vice-ministry of Social Defense and Controlled Substances announced four Bolivians were detained at the very heart of the TIPNIS reserve. The Mexican citizens who run the cocaine laboratory in which the Bolivian men worked escaped before the Bolivian officials landed in the remote site in a tiny plane. This is more than a collateral corroboration than the road through the TIPNIS had intentions that were less than pure. The road was to supply easier access routes to the drugs’ dealers.
A few days before that, on November 23, another bombshell landed on Bolivian media. The Permanent Assembly of Human Rights in Bolivia (APDBH) and the Defender of the People (“Defensor del Pueblo,” a formal body of the Bolivian government which is in charge of defending human rights against abuses by the state) announced they want to prosecute 18 officials, including former Interior Minister Sacha Llorenti, for torturing the people that participated in the TIPNIS protests during September 25 and 26, 2011. The claims include the tying up of aboriginal leaders for many hours, denying them water and food. Many of them were bleeding due to wounds caused by police officers and were left untreated. There are testimonies and evidences that the decision to behave in such a brutal fashion came directly from Evo Morales, Interior Minister Sacha Llorenti and the Police Chief.
Evo Morales’ violence is neither new nor limited to the poor. All his political opponents are ruthlessly persecuted. Between the fallen miners’ oligarchy and the Morales coca-oligarchy, Bolivia was led by Eduardo Rodríguez Veltzé, a Supreme Court judge that had no intentions of staying in power. Yet, in a show of his grandeur, Evo Morales was quick to put charges of treason on this astonished man as soon as he gained power. The situation was so ridiculous the charges were dropped shortly after. Then, in the 2009 elections, Manfred Reyes Villa reached the second place after Evo Morales. The last felt so threatened by a man that got just over a quarter of the vote, that he began a judicial process against Villa for fraud. Manfred Reyes Villa was forced to escape Bolivia by foot to Peru, and then seek refuge in the USA.
Under the circumstances, the irregularities and violence I am facing within Bolivia seem minor. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has been formally addressed by me and my lawyer regarding the Bolivian denial to issue me documents, different violations of my basic human rights and its failure to explain the different violent attacks Bolivia had committed against me in cooperation with Israel. The last has left me with no voice and in death danger.
"But Evo is an aboriginal leader! You are exaggerating, Evo is an ‘eco’ leader, as green as the coca leaves financing him, he is pure, pure, pure!" the voices of the West will keep nagging. Yet, truth is Evo is as pure as Zionist and American money make him. In the eyes of the self-proclaimed democratic West, opening drug-trafficking roads is pure, legal and democratic, while writing a book opposing Zionism is pure evil. Viva America, Zion and Evo Morales!
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