Morales Negotiates & Draws A Line

Evo Morales negotiated with the secessionist group and having done that made it clear he wants to solve this problem but Bolivia won’t be pushed around by racists and fascists backed by the US-

Morales took responsibility for leaving soldiers and police defenseless against mobs in Santa Cruz and Tarija. “I want to say a truth, that perhaps I am guilty for telling the Armed Forces and the National Police not to use arms against the people and perhaps because of that some groups took advantage to offend and humiliate the Armed Forces and to the National Police,” said Morales.

“They are conspiring against us with a fascist, racist coup,” Morales, Bolivia’s first Indian leader, said as he pledged to adopt a new pro-indigenous constitution bitterly opposed by right-wing governors demanding autonomy. “Their plan is to topple the Indian. They may topple the Indian, but they will never topple the Bolivian people,” Morales added. “Just imagine how unpatriotic they are. They are the enemies of all Bolivians.”

As posted previously the Prefect Leopoldo Fernández has fled to Brazil, he defended the massacre saying-

“They’ve accused me of using hit men, when everyone knows those socialist peasants, those fake peasants, were armed,”

So that’s a non denial denial and if they were armed and it was a fair fight, how come no casualties on his side and what makes a person fake just because they have leftist politics, too uppity for you Leo, should they be meek peasants which is clearly what your terror was designed to achieve? Then-

Bolivia’s government said on Saturday that it would arrest the governor of a restive northern province in the wake of deadly clashes they accuse him of instigating, amid a deep political crisis.

So he legged it. Again, testimony of the massacre-

“The road was blocked with trucks from the Prefecture, and there they started to shoot at us. Those that escaped towards the river were chased and were killed at the water’s edge. Some of the survivors that arrived at the Riberalta hospital were (immediately) murdered,” said one of the survivors.

(The survivors) also reported that several women were kidnapped, including old aged woman and mothers with babies or pregnant, and were forced to strip naked and were then tortured.

There is a lot of concern for the wellbeing of Professor Víctor Choque de El Chivé, member of the Cooperativa Intergral Agroextrativista de Campesinos de Pando, who was tortured inside the hospital but is believed still alive.

Otto @ Inca Kola News says-

Meanwhile, the most important development (for me at least) is that Michelle Bachelet, the in-turn President of the 12 country regional body UNASUR, has called an emergency council meeting over the Bolivia situation that takes place tomorrow. The pledges of attendance have been excellent, especially considering this summit has been called for at the drop of a hat. This is very, very significant. For maybe the first time ever, Latin America is taking full control of its own problems and is sending a clear message to the rest of the world. We can sort this out by ourselves, and we don’t need you.

And thanks to his comment alerting me, it appears Uribe has felt compelled to make a statement-

“Faced with the occurances presented in the sister Republic of Bolivia, Colombia wishes to express to the government and nation of Bolivia its support of President Morales, the democratic institutions and to the state of curfew (in the Pando department).” (Colombia) has also suffered through violence and does not wish this lamentable flagellation on any brother people.”

The US has responded (note a bipartisan expression of empire siding against the democratically elected leader) to Morales firing of the Ambassador by cancelling a favoured trading pact with Bolivia-

In the wake of the Morales government kicking U.S. Ambassador Phillip Goldberg out of the country, two members of the House, Republican Dan Burton and Democrat Eliot Engel, have announced their withdrawal of support for extension of an important trade agreement with Bolivia that is key to textile exports from the highlands that are a part of Morales’ political base.

While the mainstream media narrative is being pushed that the US has no role in this (like a kid standing by a broken vase covered in their chocolaty fingerprints- it wasn’t little old innocent me!) and it is Morales and Chavez stirring up trouble to help with their domestic support er, except their domestic support is far in excess of a majority and the ambassador was caught meeting with the coup leaders in secret and breaking a covert soldier out of jail with diplomatic immunity, and y’know decades of imperial history in Latin America, but hey nice try corporate shills. But get how arrogant the coup mob are, they want to go to the summit as if they were heads of state-

Cossio said the opposition governors would also ask Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to allow them to attend a presidential summit in Santiago on Monday of the Union of South American Nations to discuss Bolivia.

But with the flight of Leopoldo Fernández and even Uribe having to express support for Morales it looks like the jig is up for effective US puppetry south of the border and the sovereign states are dealing with it for themselves.

PS. And Otto of Inca Kola News from comments adds this good information-

The reaction down here has been strongly anti-Santa Cruz from all sides and all countries. Word from the city itself (from a friend there right now…impossible to give names, as you’d imagine) is that the average Joe is distancing himself/herself from the conflict and doesn’t like the stain of racism that the city has picked up. Great news, of course.

Bolivia- Massacre At Pando: UPDATE 30 Dead By Fascist Militia

UPDATE: 30 Dead and Pando Prefect Leopoldo Fernández (implicated in the killings) has fled to Brazil.

Abiding in Bolivia and Inca Kola News are doing great work reporting on the Bolivian secessionist coup. Between them they report that an ambush in Pando “massacre of El Porvenir”, the assault by gun toting autonomistas on pro-government campesino marchers. As they also note the whorehouse shenanigans and secret meeting should of been covered by the media as it was a lead in to what is happening now, then bang goes the gas pipeline and the expulsion of the US coup plotter/Ambassador and the fascists attacked. Inca Kola translates survivor testimony, right now this is what Bush is supporting being done in Bolivia-

“The road was blocked with trucks from the Prefecture, and there they started to shoot at us. Those that escaped towards the river were chased and were killed at the water’s edge. Some of the survivors that arrived at the Riberalta hospital were (immediately) murdered,” said one of the survivors.

(The survivors) also reported that several women were kidnapped, including old aged woman and mothers with babies or pregnant, and were forced to strip naked and were then tortured.

There is a lot of concern for the wellbeing of Professor Víctor Choque de El Chivé, member of the Cooperativa Intergral Agroextrativista de Campesinos de Pando, who was tortured inside the hospital but is believed still alive.

Martial law is active and Morales is holding back any violent response and instead is entering negotiations with the autonomistas/fascists. Some are questioning this at a time that phalangist militias (ie. Santa Cruz Youth Union -UJC) yes this is them (so no, it is not hyperbole to call them fascists)-

are attacking workers, indigenous people and union figures. As for the expulsion of the US plotter, El Duderino @ Abiding in Bolivia reports on the neglected speech he made on the 5th of September-

“Goldberg claimed that since Bolivia is presently in a state of political instability, the US institutions should interfere in Bolivia’s internal affairs.”

Then-

the significance of Goldberg’s arrival as the donation of 12 million dollars (a lot of money in Bolivia) to the departmental government and 80 thousand dollars to Sucre’s municipal government (pay off for sabotaging the Constituent Assembly?).

This is a case in point of the need for full transparency on the part of the US mission in Bolivia as to whom exactly is being funded with US government cash. As has been noted before, USAID has been directing its funds towards opposition regional department governments and as is the case in Chuquisaca, they are usually of highly questionable moral character.

Not to mention –The new director of Bolivia’s Peace Corp, Kathleen M. Sifer, just arrived from her last position directing Peace Corp operations in… wait for it…. Georgia, yea the country!– Most corporate media are not reporting the events accurately or the US role in backing with political, military and economic support. Bush ally Uribe is the only leader not to make a statement or show any support for the democratically elected Morales administration. Also via Abiding a Real News Report-