Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Trial of Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada

Readers:

Several times over the past few years I and others have written in this space about both the criminal and civil legal cases against former President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada in connection with the government killings that took place under his command in September and October 2003. In the nearly six years since, the families of those killed and wounded in that repression have sought justice from the deposed president and his chief ministers, with little result. Sanchez de Lozada himself remains in self-imposed exile in suburban Maryland, enjoying the political protection of the U.S. government.

This week begins the historic trial of the President and those top aides before the Bolivian Supreme Court. In the U.S. people concerned with this case have been engaged in a series of activities to draw attention to U.S. support for Sanchez de Lozada, including pamphleting his Maryland neighborhood last night to let their neighbors know that a man charged with murder lives, politically protected, in their midst.

To explain more about the trial and what U.S. citizens can do to pressure the Obama Administration to revisit President Bush's protection of the deposed Bolivian leader, we have invited a Democracy Center alumnus, Gretchen Gordon, to offer the Blog post below. Gretchen is co-author of the chapter on gas and oil politics in the Democracy Center's new book on Bolivia, Dignity and Defiance, which includes a thoughtful history of Sanchez de Lozada's handover of the country's oil and gas to foreign corporations and the protests over those policies that forced him to leave the country, leaving a trail of blood in his wake.

Jim Shultz



The Trial of Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada
Written by Gretchen Gordon

This Monday, the Bolivian Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments in the trial of former president Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada and members of his administration for human rights abuses in 2003, including the deaths of 67 people and the wounding of over 400. The “Trial of Responsibilities” is the country’s most high profile case since the 1995 trial of former dictator Luis García Meza. While the trial likely won’t make U.S. headlines, the U.S. government, and consequently U.S. citizens, have a vital role to play in determining its success or failure. This is because the most important defendants, including Sanchez de Lozada and several of his former ministers, are currently in the U.S., evading trial.

The essence of the case of the Trial of Responsibilities is as follows: During his presidency Sanchez de Lozada presided over a radical economic restructuring involving deregulation and privatization of the country’s industries and public services. In 2003, the popular discontent over these policies erupted into mass protests when Lozada announced a plan to export Bolivian gas at a bargain basement price. Sanchez de Lozada authorized the use of lethal force, leaving 67 dead and over 400 wounded.

After breaking with the Sanchez de Lozada government over the use of force, Vice President Carlos Mesa assumed the presidency and eventually initiated the proceedings for a Trial of Responsibility. While Sanchez de Lozada claims the trial is a political maneuver by the current administration, it was in fact initiated by Sanchez de Lozada’s own Vice President with the backing of a requisite 2/3 Congressional majority, in a Congress controlled by Lozada’s own party.

In 2005, the Bolivian government submitted a notification to the U.S. regarding the extradition of Sanchez de Lozada and two of his former ministers, Jorge Berindoague Alcocer and Carlos Sanchez Berzain so that they could stand trial. However, the Bush Adminsitration ignored the notice. In 2008, the Bolivian embassy submitted the formal extradition request. Now, with a new Obama Administration, there is hope that the U.S. will respond to the request and stop obstructing the Bolivian judicial process.

This trial is a crucial step in transforming a history of impunity for government abuses. U.S. citizens can help by urging the Department of Justice and the Department of State to grant the request and to stop providing safe harbor to human rights abusers and fugitives of justice. Below is an action alert that you can join to Attorney General Holden and Secretary of State Clinton.

Help the Bolivian people in their struggle to hold human rights abusers accountable

This week brings an important opportunity to be in solidarity with the Bolivian people. In October 2003, Bolivian President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada (Goni) and two of his former ministers fled to the U.S. after being involved in a massacre in which military personnel killed 67 people and injured over 400. Though Bolivia has sent an official request to extradite these officials so as to try them on nine charges including homicide, torture and crimes against freedom of the press, the Obama administration has yet to give a response.

On May 18th, the Bolivian Supreme Court began hearings related to the case, but without the participation of Sanchez de Lozada and several of his Ministers.

Tell the Department of Justice to Stand for Justice

This week, please fax and email a short message to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder encouraging them to cease the political protection of Bolivia's deposed President:

To contact Secretary Clinton:
Fax: 202-647-8947
Email: secretary@state.gov

To contact Attorney General Holder:
Fax: 202-307-6777
Email: askdoj@usdoj.gov

For more information, e-mail Dave Kane at the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.

70 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know if Mr. Sanchez de Lozada is guilty or not. What I do know is that there is no way he can receive a fair trial in Bolivia after Mr. Morales has done every possible effort to dismantle the countrys' judicial system. Just today he has announced that his goal for the coming elections is to control the goverment, the congress AND the judicial power. (he has no problem saying it!)

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen, 12:44. No way GPZ would receive a fair trial in Bolivia. This is simply political persecution, and it has little to do with the rule of law. It's as if a Soviet dissident were asked to answer to "crimes" by returning to the USSR and face the comissars.

The curious thing about this is that the "genocidal" epithet given to GPZ is given by the biped who's even more "genocidal" than him. That biped, of course, is Cuchi Cuchi worshipper. Many more Bolivians have been killed under his watch than GPZ.

As usual, Jim and the woefuly amateurish ofo demonizing GPZ. They want to send GPZ to trial? Fine! However, Cuchi Cuchi worshipper, Mallku, and many of his savage minions should share the bench of the accused. It's them who started causing the mayhem, destruction, and death.

The truth is that Jim and Gretchen are beside themselves because GPZ is living the good life in the US, coddled by the "progressive elites" such as Pelosi, Emanuel, and Clinton. They just can't stand it!

;-)

The Croats are Morales' Jews
Beni is Morales' Katrina

1:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Patana, Mamami, and Evo are just as, if not more, responsible for the deaths that occurred. Let us not forget that some of the dead were simply vandals that died while committing crimes like stealing gasoline from a gas station, and that the vast mayority were not peaceful protestors, but violent ones that had no qualms attacking people who were trying to go about their daily business. You can't simply set aside Goni's argument that he was using constitutionally given force to guard society from far greater perils....just look at how many people have perish under Evo in similar circumstances

The way things are in Bolivia right now, nobody, not even Filemon Escobar and other leftist stalwarts can expect any justice in Bolivia. If people like Jim or Gretchen would have any sense of dignity, justice, or even shame, they would be starting a campaign trying to convince Evo that the first step would be to create the propper atmosphere for a fair trail. The way things are right now. Evo is acting more like someone who is going out of his way to provide the evidence behind Goni's lawyer's claims that the whole thing stinks up to high heaven.

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Filth said...

Many more Bolivians have been killed under his watch than GPZ.You make me laugh. It is not enough to say anything. Must provide references if you want to be credible. Anyone can say everything and its opposite. You're a zero Cuchi. You must work for La Razon .. this rag.

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon. 12:44

Hey, wasn't is also the ambition last year of the Democrats in the US to get control of the Presidency, a Congressional majority, and the right to name a majority to the U.S. Supreme Court? In fact, isn't that always the ambition of both parties in the U.S.

I don't hear a lot of declarations of dictatorship around those ambitions. Last I heard Evo aimed to do that at the ballot box, and Bolivian voters are clearly welcome to say no if they chose.

3:48 PM  
Blogger El Grindio said...

Better yet, Anon 3:48PM,
Bush controlled the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the US's government. He wiretapped US citizens, evesdropped on opposition members and jailed many without allowing them to see attorneys or to be formally charged (by the powers granted to him under the Patriot Act).

This is a case of one not taking the log out of their eye while causing a scene about a splinter in someone else.

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

El Grindio you moron... Bush did not control the legislative nor judicial branches... he could bairly control his own branch.... and besides what the hell does that have to do with your pediphile president who is running bolivia into the ground?

"Now, with a new Obama Administration, there is hope that the U.S. will respond to the request and stop obstructing the Bolivian judicial process."

What judicial process Jim?.... it's a joke in this God foresaken country.

10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ay Jim. que te pasa???

11:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon: Sure, it is the declared objective of any legitimate party to seize control of the Presidency, Congress and the Judiciary. However, the Democrats so far have respected the rules of democracy in achieving this (I cannot say the same about the Republican-controlled Supreme Court in 2000) whereas Evo has intimidated, tortured and killed his way to power. Here are a few examples:

Evo has control of the judiciary because he has started trials against all members of the Constitutional Tribunal and Supreme Court but two (he recently started a trial against the Chief Justice), all for some bogus charges. His militia has bombed the Court’s building in order to have certain judicial decision reversed.

Evo has sent his militia to intimidate Congress into voting the way he wants.

Evo also sent the army, the police and, again, his militia to move the Constitutional Assembly to a military base where his party could approve a constutional text which they had never read. Of course, the opposition was not allowed into the military base. Three protesters were killed in the ensuing turmoil.

The Electoral Organ is controlled by Evo, as is the ID-issuing authority.

All 5 constitutional presidents are under trial as are 150 former government officials. Two indigenous leaders –Victor Hugo Cardenas and Marcial Fabricano – were attacked, themselves and their families brutally beaten, simply because they oppose the government.

Dozens of opposition leaders have been arrested without warrants and thousands are in exile. In addition, only last week Peru granted political asylum to two more Sanchez de Lozada’s ministers. This means that, so far, 8 of the people on this trial have been declared victims of political persecution.

12:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weren’t Evo’s “union police” the ones who abducted a police officer and his pregnant wife, tortured and mutilated their bodies for three days, cut the woman’s breasts and raped her repeatedly until both begged Evo, who was present, to be killed--as declared by Evo’s party members during trial proceedings? (As part of the Evo-Mesa pact, this trial was stopped in 2004)

Weren’t the infamous “ponchos rojos”, Evo’s praetorian guard) the ones who, in the name of indigenous justice, held hostage 800 people in Sorata and then ambushed the rescue convoy, killing the first casualty of the so-called Gas War, an unarmed policeman? (BTW, the policemen accompanying the rescue convoy were equipped with anti-riot gear, not lethal weapons. The army had to be called in to assist the convoy under attack. They arrived much later, but "somehow" civilians had already died.)

Weren’t the policemen under orders from Major Vargas, Evo's ally, the sharpshooters who killed soldiers and civilians from the rooftops, as determined by an OAS investigation? Vargas was one to march with Evo and was later elected to the Constitutional Assembly under Evo's political aegis.

Shouldn’t these people be in this trial or at the very least be investigated? Weren’t these people, as was Evo himself, granted unilateral amnesty by Mesa, therefore precluding that they be investigated or even called to testify?

I laugh at the mere suggestion that a fair trial is possible in Bolivia.

1:35 AM  
Blogger bowsie said...

Weren’t the infamous “ponchos rojos”, Evo’s praetorian guard) the ones who, in the name of indigenous justice, held hostage 800 people in Sorata and then ambushed the rescue convoy, killing the first casualty of the so-called Gas War, an unarmed policeman? (BTW, the policemen accompanying the rescue convoy were equipped with anti-riot gear, not lethal weapons. The army had to be called in to assist the convoy under attack. They arrived much later, but "somehow" civilians had already died.)This is a fantasy. 800 people? Make it a million.

4:34 AM  
Anonymous I LOVE MY PRESIDENT said...

http://www.cambio.bo/2009-mayo/20/pag11.pdf

7:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goni is innocent!!! Morales Attila is the Hun of the Andes.

www.comocayogoni.com

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ 8:41 AM

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10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't have any problems.

11:19 AM  
Anonymous el zorro a chonchocoro said...

Goni should have the courtesy to face our Justice system, corrupt or politicized as it may be. Didn't he have 4 years from 1993 to 1997 to fix it? Didn't he instead appoint MNR-friendly judges and supremes? And, since it had just been instituted with Constitutional reforms pushed through by his Congressional steamplower, didn't Goni also fill the Constitutional Tribunal with sympathizers to the MNR-ADN-MIR triumvirate that ruled the country for 20 years? Note that every single opposition politician today of PODEMOS etc., once belonged to these three parties which still control the Judicial branch today.

Anything good done by Goni's first administrations (participacion popular-municipal decentralization, educational reform, foreign investment) is overshadowed by his arrogance to not face the judicial branch, when he was very happy to rule over the executive branch and held that power along with Sanchez Berzain with as much gusto and fierceness as many would say Quintana and Evo do now.

It should be noted that according to the letter of Bolivian law, the government-assisted assassination of 40-50 people is typified as genocide, notwithstanding the common international usage of the term for entire groups of people.

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no one has to die in order for it to be genocide. But as soon as there are attacks on both sides, the condition for genocide doesn't exist any more. No self-respecting state will extradite a person based on that ridiculous charge; it is just so obviously political, no wonder the US, Spain, Peru, Canada are granting asylum to the defendants.

Furthermore, the charge of "genocide" is an insult to the memory of 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust. But, I forget, Evo and Chavez antisemitism is just too strong--don't they deny the Holocaust like their buddy Ahmadinejad?

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bowsie:

Actually, newspaper reports vary. Some have reported that the number of people held hostage were 1 million, but I'm going with the more conservative number. About 70 of these were Americans, Israeli, French, Uruguayan and other nationalities; the rest were Bolivian pilgrims who had traveled to Sorata on the occasion of the local religious festival of "El Señor de la Columna".

I know that good information is hard to come by -- particularly since all the Bolivian media is either controlled by Podemos, MAS or Mesa, and they do not have much interest in journalism, only propaganda -- but you have to make an effort and not just limit yourself to accepting crap such as:

"The essence of the case of the Trial of Responsibilities is as follows: During his presidency Sanchez de Lozada presided over a radical economic restructuring involving deregulation and privatization of the country’s industries and public services. In 2003, the popular discontent over these policies erupted into mass protests when Lozada announced a plan to export Bolivian gas at a bargain basement price. Sanchez de Lozada authorized the use of lethal force, leaving 67 dead and over 400 wounded."

If you go with this, I guess you will never make much use of your brain anyways.

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ 12:38 PM

US is not a self-respecting state. Probabily it is the opposite. :-)

I think that the charge genocide is not justified, but I do not think one can consider like an insult to the memory of 6 million jews.

Morever, neither Ahmadinejad nor Evo and nor Chavez deny the «Holocaust»

Are you a journalist from «La Razon»?

1:10 PM  
Blogger Julius said...

► I guess you will never make much use of your brain anyways. ◄

I think you're in the process of reversing the roles. :-)

1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I am a journalist from la razon. how did you know? haha.

Still, I also think calling it genocide "cheapens" the Holocaust, a real genocide. There is a point here.

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ 1:33 PM
There is a point here.

There is no point. Do not mix the issues. The Second World War is one thing and our country's history is another.

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Genocide is Genocide if it meets certain conditions, none of which are met in Bolivia, period.

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@1:51 PM
There was not a genocide in 2003 but the «Holocaust» is another issue. Talk about the «Holocaust» in this discussion is the true irrespect.

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, I must said disrespect instead of irrespect

2:01 PM  
Anonymous Bolivia Libre said...

Here a list of know murdered by Evo Morales and his maSSist administration:
June 9, 2006. Santiago Orocondo. Oruro. Killed by the police when in a pacific demonstration of the “Homeless Movement”. The police repression was ordered by the Minister of Government
Sept 29, 2006.- Rember Guzman and Celestion Ricaldes. Cocaleros. Gunned down by army personnel at Yungas de Guardiola, Cochabamba. Their cocalero union was not affiliated to Evo´s cocalero unions in El Chapare.
Oct 5 and 6, 2006. Posokni mine, Huanuni, Potosi. 16 miners. Julián Condori, Javier Escóbar, Javier Salvatierra, Juan Condori, Juan Flores, Braulio Díaz , José Luis, Johnny Tejada, Pedro Mamani, Edwin Choque, Luis Choque, Maribel Arroyo, Norberto Achacollo, Simón Iruchi, Edwin Achaya y Feliciano Arias, are death after Government lead miners initiate an assault on the non government mining compound.
Nov 12, 2006. Juan Serrado, police. Dies off injuries while trying to repress a peaceful road blockage at Caihuasi.
Jan 11, 2007. Cristian Urresti is murdered by Evo’s goons after the maSSist assault of the Cochabamba state government. Juan Ticacolque, cocalero; also dies in a confusing event. Luciano Colque, cocalero. Also dies later on from a gunshot.
April 17, 2007. Herman Ruiz is gunned down by the police while repressing a peaceful public gathering in Villamontes, Tarija.
Sept 28, 2007. Osmar Flores, student. Killed by military sniper fire in Vacas, Cochabamba. He was among a few students protesting the movement of their school to other town.
November 24, 2007. Sucre, during the public demonstrations leaded by the citizens of that city in protest for the movement of the Constituent Assembly to a military campground; gunned down by the military are: Gonzalo Daza, lawyer, in La Calancha. This is the only case the government accepted responsibility for one of their assassinations.
Nov 25, 2007. Juan Carlos Serrado, university student, also victimized by the military in Sucre while cracking down public protests against the totalitarian regime of Evo Morales; Jose Luis Cardozo, also a student, days the next day in the hospital after being reached by sniper fire.
Jan 16, 2008. Rolando Gira, student, is lynched by Evo Morales cocalero union in EL Chapare under the presumption of being a spying camba.
March 24, 2008. Santa Maria, between Oruro and Cochabamba, Edwin Mollinedo and Jose Ordonez are murdered by peasant militia belonging to the maSSist movement. The reason, Mollinedo’s father was a mining union worker that criticized the Morales regime for the Posokni killings.
August 5, 2008. Hernan Montero, electrician, 26 years old and Roberto Caceres, murdered at the Cahiuasi mine in Oruro by military troops repressing a miner’s movement.
August 8, 2008. Freddy Sinani, one of the weal chaired people protesting for the bono Evo promised and never paid; he was bitten by police and some of the maSSist henchman and later died from complications do to the biting and the cold during his hunger strike.
Sept 11 and 12, 2008. 20 people die, Arnoldo González, Dieter Tupa, Celedonio Basualdo, Bernardino Racua, Alfredo Céspedes, Pedro Oshiro, Félix Roca, Aldias NN, Agripino Vargas, Sebastián Rodríguez, Germán Justiniano, NN, Alfonso Cruz, Emilio Peña, Nora Montaño, Peter López, Wilson Castillo, Johnny Cori, Antonio Rivero, Ramiro Tañin; during the maSSist regime takeover of the democracy heaven in Pando Bolivia. Leopoldo Fernadez, democratic elected Prefect of Beni and other 14 people become the Morales regime first political prisoners. 50 other people request political asylum in Brazil, which is granted by that country.
Sept 17, 2008. Edson Ruiz, killed by maSSist hordes blockading the road in Tiquipaya.
So fare in 2009, apart from the well know assassinations of 3 people allegedly forming a group with the intent to kill Morales among others, the regimen of Evo Morales have focus in killing less and obtaining more political prisoners; the amount of political refuges from Bolivia have also hiked up

12:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jim, I would like to read about the democracy center's position on Evo Morales's new decree - the one that allows for the expropriation of all property for SUSPECTS of backing terrorism. How democratic is that a punishment can be applied before a person is tried?
I think that a "democracy" NGO should be alarmed by this. Please Jim, I know youare very selective in what you publish here and you try not to be too critical of MAS, but don't filter this out.

6:56 AM  
Anonymous Filth said...

@ 12:13 AM

First we see that your message is a bunch of lies. This is because you write: maSSists in an attempt to compare the SS to masists. It's so coarse you lie there is no need to read all of your message.

A tip: to lie and achieve its goals it must at least you gotta lie well. You understand?

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To @ 6:56 AM = another Liar

Bolivia aprueba decreto para incautar bienes de financiadores de terrorismo y separatismo

La Paz, 20 mayo (ABI).- El gobierno boliviano aprobó el miércoles un decreto para incautar bienes de ciudadanos, empresas y organizaciones civiles que sean formalmente imputados por financiar grupos terroristas y secesionistas, en aplicación de convenios internacionales en el tema y leyes nacionales vigentes, informaron fuentes oficiales.

"La decisión del Estado es combatir la delincuencia que busca destruir la unidad nacional, busca generar el caos, busca crear hostilidad armada dentro del Estado Nacional", informó el viceministro de Coordinación Gubernamental, Wilfredo Chávez, en conferencia de prensa y luego de que el Gabinete aprobó la norma en Palacio de Gobierno.

Chávez aclaró que el decreto tiene la característica de medida preventiva, en línea a lo que dispone la Constitución Política del Estado, el Consejo de Seguridad de Naciones Unidas, el Consejo Interamericano Contra el Terrorismo y otras organizaciones, que mandan "que todo Estado debe emitir disposiciones que prevengan y repriman la financiación de los actos de terrorismo".

El Viceministro de Coordinación Gubernamental señaló que el decreto es en realidad "una mera reglamentación, de tratados internacionales y de procedimientos que ya existen en el país en materia de narcotráfico, de aduanas que se regulan con normas similares", lo que, a su juico, da legitimidad a la nueva norma que fue anticipada el martes por el presidente Evo Morales y que recibió duras críticas de la oposición.

"Es una medida preventiva para que las personas o grupos ya no continúen con esa actividad y en el marco de convenios internacionales y leyes vigentes", insistió y aclaró que el decreto se aplicará sólo después de que un Fiscal impute "a los acusados, instigadores o cómplices de las conductas tipificadas como terrorismo, sedición o alzamiento armado".

Chávez explicó que el decreto se aplicará después de que un juez "en materia penal" valorare y fundamente su decisión de una anotación preventiva de bienes.

"Luego de celebrar un juicio y si determina la culpabilidad y una sentencia condenatoria, recién los bienes pasan a la categoría de confiscados, sin derecho a indemnización alguna y se destinarán al programa de seguridad ciudadana y seguridad del Estado", precisó.

El gobierno boliviano emitió la norma después de la denuncia y una posterior investigación de la desarticulación de una célula terrorista desbaratada el pasado 16 de abril en Santa Cruz, conformada por sicarios bolivianos y extranjeros que tenían planes secesionistas y de atentar contra la vida del presiente Evo Morales y otras autoridades.

Ese día murieron tres presuntos mercenarios, un boliviano, un irlandés y un húngaro y fueron detenidos otros dos, un boliviano y otro húngaro que están encarcelados en el penal de San Pedro de La Paz.
rsl ABI

http://abi.bo/index.php?i=noticias_texto_paleta&j=20090520130455&l=200810290016_Wilfredo_Ch%E1vez,_viceministro_de_Coordinaci%F3n_Gubernamental_(ABI)

8:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mugabi of the Andes.

Yep, that's what a famous international journalist recently called Cuchi Cuchi worshipper. How right she is!

As we (except lefties) all know, Mugabe has been the autocratic president of Zimbabwe for almost 3 decades. A virulent racist demagogue, he took control of the government institutions, stole the productive land from the white farmers to give it to his cronies, brutalized his opponents, razed shantytowns to ashes, hyperinflated its currency with more zeroes than a lefty's IQ, dug its economy in a black hole deeper than a lefty's conscience, had millionaire birthday parties while his people starved to death, and denounced "imperialism" while privately begging the "imperialists" for aid.

But lefties, seduced by Mugabe's dark skin and "antiimperialist" rhetoric, proclaimed, "No matter! He was 'democratically' elected." (No matter that it was done through fraud, extortion, and deception)

Now, simply revert to a lighter skin color and a funnier haircut, and we have the same biped in the person as fake Indian Cuchi Cuchi worshipper. Same brutality, same racism, same autocratic tendencies. The most recent example is his (illegal) decree to confiscate the property of people "suspected" (translation: whoever the Andes Mugabe wants) of being engaged in "terrorism" (translation: whoever doesn't like the Andes Mugabe's policies or haircut).

Lefty mantra,: But the Mugabe of the Andes, despite having more killed under his watch than the "genocidal" Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, was "democratically elected."

Yeah, so was the African Mugabe. Look how well his version of "democracy" turned out.

;-)

The Croat are Morales' Jews
Beni is Morales' Katrina

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't be simplistic CuchiNedo.

If you compare Evo to Mugabe I can compare him to Mandela. However, the problems of these countries (Zimbabwe, South Africa) are others than ours and if you want us to take you seriously you have to use intelligent arguments. Otherwise, you know, what you say is to throw in the trash.

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Decreto Supremo 138

Art. 1.- (OBJETO). El presente Decreto Supremo tiene por objeto establecer el procedimiento para determinar la jurisdicción, la aplicación de medidas cautelares sobre el patrimonio, medios e instrumentos que hubieran sido utilizados o estuviesen comprometidos, en la comisión de los delitos de Terrorismo, Sedición o Alzamientos Armados contra la Seguridad y Soberanía del Estado.

Art 2.- (JURISDICCIÓN). Queda consolidada la ciudad de La Paz como ámbito de jurisdicción procesal para el juzgamiento de los delitos de Terrorismo, Sedición o Alzamientos Armados contra la Seguridad y Soberanía del Estado, siendo esta ciudad la Sede de Gobierno legalmente constituida donde se encuentran las principales instituciones del Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia.

Art. 3.- (ÁMBITO DE APLICACIÓN). La presente norma reglamentaria se aplicará sobre el patrimonio, medios e instrumentos para la comisión o financiamiento que pertenecieren a los imputados, o posibles instigadores y cómplices de las conductas calificadas por el fiscal como Terrorismo, Sedición o Alzamientos Armados contra la Seguridad y la Soberanía del Estado, desde la medianoche del momento del hecho delictivo.

Art. 4.-(APLICACIÓN DE MEDIDAS CAUTELARES DE CARÁCTER REAL).

I. En conocimiento del hecho por cualesquiera de las formas de inicio de la investigación penal, el fiscal dentro el plazo de las diligencias preliminares dispuesto por el Artículo 300 de la Ley N° 1970, de 25 de marzo de 1999, Código de Procedimiento Penal, por la supuesta comisión del delito o ante la flagrancia prevista en el Artículo 230 de la Ley antes citada, requerirá ante el Juez de Instrucción la incautación del patrimonio, medios e instrumentos que pertenecieran a los imputados, y posibles instigadores y cómplices de las conductas calificadas como Terrorismo, Sedición o Alzamientos Armados contra la Seguridad y Soberanía del Estado.

II. Los bienes muebles e inmuebles quedarán bajo custodia de la Dirección de Registro, Control y Administración de Bienes Incautados - DIRCABI.

III. El fiscal podrá requerir la retención de fondos de los imputados y posibles instigadores y cómplices por ante el sistema bancario y de entidades financieras a través de la Autoridad de Supervisión del Sistema Financiero. La incautación se aplicará aunque los fondos de recursos financieros no hayan sido usados efectivamente o no se haya llegado a producir los actos de Terrorismo, Sedición o Alzamientos Armados contra la Seguridad y Soberanía del Estado.

IV. La incautación de bienes inmuebles del propietario procederá cuando éste haya participado en cualquiera de sus formas en el hecho delictivo.

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

V. Los bienes incautados, incluidos recursos financieros y valores, preferentemente se destinarán a programas de seguridad ciudadana y del Estado.

Art. 5.- (PROCEDIMIENTO PARA LA APLICACIÓN DE MEDIDAS CAUTELARES DE CARÁCTER REAL). I. Procedimiento de Incautación. El o la Fiscal, a tiempo de iniciar la etapa de investigación o en su desarrollo, hasta antes de dictarse la sentencia, mediante requerimiento fundamentado, solicitará al Juez o la Jueza de la Instrucción la incautación de bienes sujetos a confiscación, especificando los que quedarán a su disposición a efectos de prueba.

II. Resolución de incautación. El Juez o la Jueza de Instrucción Penal, atendiendo el requerimiento fiscal, si existen suficientes elementos de convicción acerca de la participación del imputado o posibles instigadores y cómplices mediante resolución fundamentada dispondrá:

a) La incautación de los bienes inmuebles, valores y dineros que hayan podido servir a la comision de los delitos de Terrorismo, Sedición o Alzamientos Armados contra la Seguridad y Soberanía del Estado.

b) La anotación preventiva de la resolución de incautación, tratándose de bienes muebles sujetos a registro.

c) La entrega de los bienes a DIRCABI.

d) Si luego de celebrado el juicio se determina la sentencia condenatoria y aquella adquiere ejecutoria, los bienes incautados pasarán a la categoría de confiscados y pasarán a propiedad del Estado, sin derecho a indemnización alguna.

III. No serán objeto de incautación los bienes muebles u objetos personales que fueran de uso indispensable por el imputado o posibles instigadores y cómplices, y su cónyuge, según dispone el Artículo 179 del Código de Procedimiento Civil.

IV. La anotación de la incautación en los registros públicos estará exenta del pago de valores judiciales y administrativos.

Art. 6.- (REMISIÓN A PROCEDIMIENTO COMÚN). El procedimiento desarrollado en el presente Decreto Supremo se ejecutará en el marco definido por el Reglamento de Bienes Incautados, Decomisados y Confiscados.

Fuente: Boletín, Palacio de Gobierno.

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

¿Ah?

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

incautarse.

(De in-1 y el lat. mediev. esp. cautum, multa).

1. prnl. Dicho de una autoridad judicial o administrativa: Privar a alguien de alguno de sus bienes como consecuencia de la relación de estos con un delito, falta o infracción administrativa. Cuando hay condena firme se sustituye por la pena accesoria de comiso.

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a friend in La Paz, her Father was a police officer, doing his duty, protecting the palace when a campesino threw a stick of dynamite and killed him.

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a friend in Sucre. His father was a campesino kill and tortured by gangster from Comité Interinstitucional. I have many friends. Also in Pando in St. Cruz in Tarija et. :-(

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Narciso Paco said...

Gretchen Gordon's impartial reporting and depth of analysis is truly impressive.

IS she also on the take from Soros?

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 9:46
..."If you compare Evo to Mugabe I can compare him to Mandela. "..
You've got to be joking! Please don't insult this great African leader comparing him to Mr. Morales...

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 12:49 PM

Do you get the sense of "if" in the sentence? No? No wonder! If all the opponents to the current government are so stupid, it is normal that the government crushes them.

1:16 PM  
Anonymous I LOVE EVO said...

Funny that those who had considered Mandela as a terrorist, are the same today that consider Evo is a dangerous dictator.

HA HA HA HA HA !

1:41 PM  
Blogger El Grindio said...

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5:11 PM  
Blogger El Grindio said...

It is imperative, Evo protect the public by the preventative detention of terrorists and their apparent agents and/or financiers. Send them to Guantanamo for some new orange garments (with matching hood when worn during those clothing-optional quality-time moments with German Shepards, as seen in photos of Abu Ghraib).

Like Bush repeatedly told the world, these things must be done. Otherwise, the terrorists win. :-)

5:20 PM  
Blogger El Grindio said...

Regarding Mugabe = Morales:
No comparison; it's like comparing poison ivy to roses or crab apples to lychee. A better analogy is Mugabe = Bush

Case in point:
Mugabe bankrupted his country and transferred wealth from his country's people to his cronies. Just like how Bush turned the Clinton surplus and economic boom into Bush's deficit and an economic depression that keeps Obama from successfully funding societal change.

Unlike Bush or Mugabe, Morales led Bolivia to THREE years of a budgetary surplus (a historic first in Bolivia). Unlike Bush or Mugabe, Morales government has led to increased quality of life, educational and economic opportunity for all Bolivians. This is happening by equaling life's playingfield by way of:
1) Bono Jacinto Pinto (like US's study grants);
2) Bono Dignidad (like US's Social Security for the elderly); and
3) New assistance to poor mothers burdened with the care of their infants because of economic circumstances (like US's child welfare system).
Under Bush, his war in Iraq led to cuts in the above programs. Under Mugabe, none of these these beneficial programs have assisted the public.

Bottom line:
Morales, on balance, good;
Bush/Mugabe, bad.

As to the war on terror in Bolivia:
The primary reason for the State to exist lies within the State's responsibility for the security of its citizens. That duty mandates proactive action when the public good outweighs the "rights" of alleged terrorists as in:
1) preventative detention (like in the US and how Obama is now considering increasing); and
2) expropriation and/or seizure of the assets of those who aid and abet terrorism. That would be like how the US fights the mafia and the drug cartels' organizations. They seize assetts of alleged criminals upon the prosecution's request to a judge. The accused later gets its day in court to establish its defense-BUT NOT WITH DEFENSE PAID WITH MONEY FROM THE ENTERPRISE OR FROM THE ASSETS THAT FUNDED THE HARM AGAINST THE PUBLIC.

What's the big deal. Enough already. Off to jail with "Boludo Libre" and "Cuchi-Croat". And seize their bicycles and the ATM cards provided to them by their paymasters (Manfred, Branko, Costas and Goldberg's henchmen?)

Nothing personal.

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grindio,

1) Would it possible for you NOT to mention Bush in at least one of your rants? It is getting quite boring ;)
2) Your defense of the current economic policies is really elemental and naive. In fact, my 10 year old daughter could do a better job. You better stick to the politics defending the undefendable. At least it's amusing to read your liberal hypocricy and double standard.

Greetings

9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:31

"In fact, my 10 year old daughter could do a better job."

Does your daughter know that you are using her as an example of the "low bar" on the intelligence scale.

What an asshole.

9:53 PM  
Anonymous Bolivia Libre said...

Filth, your prejudice doesn’t let you see reality? Not a surprise, it is a maSSist trait. Never the less, you don’t need to believe anything I said; I left names, places and dates, enough for anybody to search for the information and make their own mind; not that I think you are capable of it.

Grindiot, you are a sorry excuse for a leftist gringo, you are in no way a democrat, just a bigoted racist, just like the Nazis and today maSSists are. Keep on commenting, it makes it easier for us fighting intolerance and bigotry. Regarding your examples:
1) Everybody by now, even the maSSist, know that the economic surplus Bolivia enjoyed the first 2 years of the Morales administration come thanks to Gonis “capitalization” of the oil industry and that Evo’s “nacionalization” of it, Mugabi style, bancarupted the industry in Bolivia.
2) Bono Juancito Pinto = The same electoral promess Tuto Quiroga did in the alst past election, the maSSist just stole the idea and assigned a name. It is worth crap, the money given to the student’s parents is spend in chicha and chicharon; not on the kids school utenciles.
3) Bono Dignidad, don’t make me laught, everybody know that is the same thing than Goni’s bonosol with a different name and a bigger burden for the elderly to try cashing it/
4) New assistance to poor mothers, never happened.

You really want to know in what the government of Evo Morales spend time and money, according to the Minstry of Finances, for 2009, 45% of all money is going to be distributed among the ministry of defense (army) and the ministry of government (police & other repressive forces); these is almost 50% of all money the government is planning using. Wan’t to know how much is planning to spend in education and health care, 7% of the budget. GO Juancito Pinto. As Is so easy to make the maSSist grindiots fall in the same shithole they created.

11:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am amused how this blog comes to life sometimes. The latest fad? The use of lefies' antiChrist's (George W. Bush) name to justify Cuchi Cuchi worshipper's totalitarian tendencies.

Lefties for years excoriated Bush for his fight against terrorism stating that it violated human rights, bla, bla, bla...yet now -- suddenly! -- they are delighted with Cuchi Cuchi worshipper's illegal offensive against his "terrorists," or, as we civilized people say, "political opponents."

"It's for the integrity and safety of the nation!" they cry. Hmm. That's the same argument Bush used. Unlike Cuchi Cuchi worshipper, though, Bush fought against real terrorists (you know, those who fly airplanes into buildings and chop people's heads off). Cuchi Cuchi worshipper's "terrorists" are simply his political opponents who expose his racist and corrupt government and those who are riddled by bullets in their sleep in Santa Cruz hotels.

You see? Bush is being vindicated already by his most virulent enemies. Even da Bama continues with his War on Terror (oops. Overseas Contingency Operation) policies: FISA, Patriot Act, rendition, military tribunals (Gitmo for now?), Predator attacks, Iraq and Afghanistan. Even Cheney's likeability factor is increasing!

Bush must be living the good life. He's already being vindicated.

;-)

The Croats are Morale's Jews
Beni is Morales' Katrina

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cuchi aka Nedo Lazaneo said:

« Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah



and blah blah blah blah blah blah blah »

Response: « YAWN »

9:15 AM  
Anonymous FILTH said...

Bolivia Libre at 11:16 PM (What a sarcastic nick name !) said:

Filth, your prejudice doesn’t let you see reality? Not a surprise, it is a maSSist trait.

If this sentence is true, then it infers that you should be maSSist number one. :-) Yet you did nothing worthwhile to be read and / or commented. Nothing but crap. :-(

You need to improve yourself, but this seems beyond your abilities. Obviously you likes to wallow in filth

Byeeee !.

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CuchiNedo and Bolulibre:
You better start packing your suitcases full of dollars and request visas to Peru, Colombia or just return to your Miami sewer to live among your kind.

The Croats and nazis living in Bolivia are just part of the disgrace of the country. WWII refugees who became filthy rich at the expense of millions of bolivians. Goni his instrument of destruction. Send Goni to Choncocoro or better yet to jail in the US where his ass will be happy.

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(music to my ears)

;-)

The Croats are Morales' Jews
Beni is Morales' Katrina

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Rosangela said...

Does the Cuchis have ears? ;-)

1:48 PM  
Blogger El Grindio said...

"Does the Cuchis have ears?"

No. Neither do Cuchis have brains or heart. However, Cuchis' mouth and anus is interchangable. ;-)

6:30 PM  
Anonymous James said...

« Cuchis' mouth and anus is interchangable. »

I confirm ! I was already aware of his case.

:-)

: o )

: 0 )

: - ))

5:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A request to the posters above.

Would you please stop polluting this comment space with such jevenile claptrap? Others woud actually prefer it to be a space for intelligent debate.

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:07 PM
I totally agree with you but, unfortunately, intelligent and Grindio are NOT interchangable..

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:07 PM

Rather than concentrate on « such jevenile claptrap » why do you not rather bring a reflection of your own to feed an intelligent debate?

Actually your comment does not differ a lot from what you critics.

8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:44 PM

Your sentence makes no sense. Is it a lack of intelligence of your person?

8:08 PM  
Blogger bowsie said...

Bush must be living the good life. He's already being vindicated.Vindicated for what, and by who? Not the Republican party, they like to pretend he did not exist.

Anyway, it's pointless arguing about Bush's legacy, if you believe it is positive or "has been vindicated" you belong to a particular world-view, that has little basis in reality.

4:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It is worth crap, the money given to the student’s parents is spend in chicha and chicharon; not on the kids school utenciles."

A yearly bonus of about $30 given to the parents of all school children from 1st to 5th grade is worth crap, but a bonus of about $260 given to elderly people is good, just because Goni created it? Why would parents or grandparents who invest the Bonosol/Dignidad wisely and in the process build up the economy waste an additional 12% income on chicha (booze made from corn) and chicharron (fried pork)?

http://www.geocities.com/laserna_r/bonosol.html

Or maybe that just shows again some of your prejudices. Everybody knows that Bono Dignidad is continuation of Goni's Bonosol, but we like Evo more anyway.

I would love to see a link or some kind of proof that 45% of the budget is for defense and police, smells like bullshit to me.

11:18 AM  
Anonymous BOLIVIA LIBRE said...

Ano 11:18 AM
Good that a maSSist crap like you are finally recognizing that the Bono Dignidad is almost the same than the Bonosol with a different name; and a more difficult way to cash in by the elderly; in benefit to the regime that was planning on making a show about it every month. Which didn't work becouse the people like the circus, but only if it changes its theme.

$260 payed with the moneys of capitalization earnings is definitively better than US$30 payed with the money of the tax payers; only a maSSist acolyte cannot see it.

Regarding the budget, take your time, get in the government's POA and do your calculations.

9:52 PM  
Blogger El Grindio said...

"Regarding the budget, take your time, get in the government's POA and do your calculations."

When asked to support his wild claims, Boludo Libre answers by demanding the doubter find the facts for Boludo Libre and "do your calculations".

10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey you guys there is not need for insults here....we have to be fair. I am completly a favor of Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada I was in Bolivia when all that happened. He did good, all those people were criminals and curious persons whom were there just to make everything difficult. Bolivia is a beautiful country, it is sad to see this government which I do not think it will go away until they kill Evo Morales and what he has done soo far...He is the one who needs to be on trial, he is the one who has to be in jail. I miss Bolivia and what it was before this jackass.
Peace out

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello There,
Has it occur to you that Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada was or is a filmaker and has enough evidence to send Evo and his band of thiefs to jail for crimes he committed in 2003.
Have you seen his film Our Brand is Crisis, it is on youtube; Our brand is crisis español parte 1 www lamalapalabra tk.
you should also see INJERENCIA CUBANO - VENEZOLANA EN BOLIVIA (I)
later...

8:23 PM  
Blogger david said...

"The Economist" had reporters on the ground, in Santa Cruz and elsewhere in Bolivia and were among the first to report the uprising, and the murderous response by the government. They are a very credible source, and expected to defend business interests rather than the indigenous people. For those who doubt the importance of honoring the extradition request, I recommend you consult the old print editions of "The Economist" from the autumn of 2003.

David Roknich
http://green.blogspot.com

11:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To: El Zorro,

The trial that you mention is political persecution, NOT justice. President Evo has packed the Supreme Court so obviously that Euro-delegate election observer Renata Weber from Rumania warned that “an independent judiciary is a necessity of a modern nation.”

Sr. Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada strove valiantly to produce economically stability in Bolivia in his 20 years of service to Bolivia. Sr. Sanchez de Lozada’s only crime is being a head of state when the police over reacted to mob violence on “Black October”. He appears to have attempted to defuse the situation by taking symbolic responsibility. He wasn't in situational command of the police. As any Chief of State, he has to depend upon the discretion of the local commanders.

Sr. Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada was a political opponent to Mr. Evo Morales, the current president of Bolivia since 2006 and a supporter of the Cocaleros who raise crops of coca leaves on their plantations. Many of these farmers have connections to criminal cartels that illegally process the coca leaves into cocaine and export it to criminal organizations in the US. The president just before Sr. Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada had tried to accommodate the US government’s request for help in eliminating the criminal export of cocaine to The United States of America. As president, Evo Morales has expelled US Drug Enforcement Agents from Bolivia.

Aymara from Mr. Morales tribe are suspected of a well-organized attack against a caravan of tourists, and killed 6 including a child who were trying to leave the country during the January to February 2003 riots over the use of foreigner partners in an attempt to develop Bolivia’s gas resources.
http://comocayogoni.com/noticias.php?opc=ampnot&sec=1&pk=3

Someone started rumors that President Sanchez de Lozada was trying to export natural gas to the coast with by partnership with Foreigners and Chileans. Bolivians have had an intense hostility towards Chile because Chile had deprived Bolivia of its access to the sea in a war in which Chile took the Bolivian’s access to the Pacific. Consequently in protest, indigenous farmers, blockaded the roads in and out of La Paz, causing gasoline supplies to run low in the Capital city.

The government authorized armed security to escort a convoy of tanker trucks engaged to transport gasoline into LaPaz. Physical attacks on the tanker truck resulted in the deaths of 59 persons. The basis of the charge of “genocide” is that those who attacked the gasoline tanker trucks were indigenous Bolivians. Look at the following video. Does the attack on the gasoline convoy look like a peaceful protest or an armed insurrection?
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VIDEO: http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/gonzalo-sanches-de-lozada-parte-2/a35e458a4472e0f1dde3a35e458a4472e0f1dde3-1675660165289
http://therealevo.com/
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These charges of genocide are unfounded and based on the anger of the malicious politicians in opposition parties who appear to have provoked and supported mob violence in order to further the political agenda of the coca farmers and the cocaine cartels. This indigenous-Bolivian mob was, apparently, whipped up into a fury by demagogues. Greed and outrage stemming from greed was the basis of their action, not justice. This travesty of justice has lost the services of a man uniquely qualified to steer the ship of the Bolivian state safely in the face of extreme economic danger.

Shame on you! You are uncritically accepting a baseless accusation from an obviously biased judicial process provoked by political enemies.

Evo Morales is popular. Elected by 55% in 2005 and by 67% in 2008, Morales can use his political mandate to controls the political machinery in Bolivia. With such popularity, why would Morales persecute Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada?

Why did Stalin assassinate Trotsky in Mexico City 1940

1:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To: Jim Schutz,

The trial is political persecution, NOT justice. President Evo has packed the Supreme Court so obviously that In February 2010, Euro-delegate election observer Renata Weber from Rumania warned that “an independent judiciary is a necessity of a modern nation.”

In the 1980s and 1990s, Sr. Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada produced economically stability in Bolivia. Sr. Sanchez de Lozada’s only crime is being a head of state when the police over reacted to mob violence. In “Black October", spurred on by rumors that the government

When three policeman were killed trying to close a cocaine market, Dvo Morales said that the killings were justified. The Ecologist reported on Nov. 13, 2002, that In light of his comments about armed resistance on January 24, 2002 a 104-member majority of Congress voted to have him expelled.
http://www.zcommunications.org/from-coca-to-congress-by-evo-morales

Sr. Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada was a political opponent to Mr. Evo Morales, who came in second in the election. Morales, the current president of Bolivia since 2006, ardently supports the Cocaleros who raise crops of coca leaves on their plantations. Much of the coca is illegally processed into cocaine and exported to criminal organizations in the US. The Ecologist dubbed the conflict between the coca farmers and government as “The Water Wars.”

Aymara from Mr. Morales tribe are suspected of attacking a caravan of tourists, and killed six, including a child, who were trying to leave the country during the January to February 2003 riots. Sanchez de Lozada announced that he was selling natural gas to America and Mexico.
http://comocayogoni.com/noticias.php?opc=ampnot&sec=1&pk=3

Apparently Morales started rumors that President Sanchez de Lozada was trying to export gas to the coast by partnership with Foreigners and Chileans. This was met with indignation from campesinos. They laid siege to the Capital City of La Paz, burning cars, buildings and gas stations. Bolivians have had an intense hostility towards Chile because Chile had deprived Bolivia of its access to the sea in a war in which Chile took the Bolivian’s access to the Pacific. Consequently in protest, indigenous Aymara farmers, blockaded the roads in and out of La Paz, causing gasoline supplies to run low in the Capital city. Students from the Aymara school attacked the presidential palace and were repelled by police using tear gas. However, that wasn’t enough so they, used deadly force.

The government authorized armed security to escort a convoy of tanker trucks engaged to transport gasoline into LaPaz. Armed attacks on the tanker truck led to a gunbattle that resulted in the deaths of 59 persons. The basis of the charge of “genocide” is that those who attacked the gasoline tanker trucks were indigenous Bolivians. Look at the following video. Does the attack on the gasoline convoy look like a peaceful protest or an armed insurrection?
-----------------------
VIDEO: http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/gonzalo-sanches-de-lozada-parte-2/a35e458a4472e0f1dde3a35e458a4472e0f1dde3-1675660165289
http://therealevo.com/
--------------------

These unfounded charges of genocide are based on the anger. Moralez appears to have provoked and supported mob violence in order to further the political agenda of the coca farmers and the cocaine cartels.

Outrage from greed , not justice, was the basis of their action. This travesty of justice has lost the services of a man uniquely qualified to steer the ship of the Bolivian state safely in the face of extreme economic danger.

Evo Morales was Elected by 55% in 2005 and by 67% in 2008. Morales can use his political mandate to controls the political machinery in Bolivia. With such popularity, why would Morales persecute Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada?

Why did Stalin assassinate Trotsky in Mexico City 1940?

3:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to Jim Schultz:

I wrote something on this blog several days ago and it still isn't here.

- On 2-18-2010 Renata Weber, a neutral European delegate sent to observe the recent election, warned that the judiciary should be independent in a modern country. This is a testament to Evo Morales' packing the Bolivian Supreme Court with his exact choice of judges.

- the videos of "Black October" 2003 show the riot police shooting tear gas canisters and using riot shields and the looters burning buildings and cars. It IS tragic that 70 were killed, but what were the exact circumstances? Were the police acting in self-defense? This is no Kent State. The rioters appear to be murderous in their violence.

- In October 2002, Morales was expelled from the Bolivian Congress because of his approval of the Murder of three policemen who were trying to close a coca market.

- Your orphanage is at the mercy of Morales. Good luck!

My thoughts and conclusions:
1. Evo Morales is NOT a balanced and genial ruler. I pity anyone who angers him.

2. Goni is Genial and Balanced;
- he appears to have tried to avoid bloodshed
= while protecting law-abiding citizens and their property.

3. Goni's 2003 announcement of natural gas sales to Mexico and the US,
- appear ONLY to be natural gas SALES,
= NOT foreign production or ownership.
• In other words, Goni MAY have been trying to announce
a) "money for Bolivians" outside of Coca sales.
- Here is a BROADER BASED PROSPERITY that may sprinkle ALL Bolivians with grace.

4. Who will help Bolivia if it gets in another hyperinflation? Will you get help from the Godfather, oops, President Evo Morales?

5. Good luck Jim. It might be better to turn your orphanage over to an indigenous group that you trust, and support them with money.

Don't further defame the name of Goni, Bolivia’s national treasure.

6. Bolivianos, que lastima!

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Shultz,

I understand if the blog is closed. You may only take so many comments. The first 20, 40 or however-many get posted.

If this blog is closed, it's distracting if you do NOT announce, "This blog is closed".

12:58 PM  

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