Sunday, January 24, 2010

Bolivia vs. Manfred Reyes Villa

Readers:

Different countries have different protocols as to what happens to candidates who lose their nation's Presidential elections. In the U.S. Al Gore wrote a book, made a movie and won both a Nobel Prize and an Oscar. John McCain returned to the Senate and became one of the opposition's leading voices.

Bolivia is different than the U.S. in many respects and here again that's true. Manfred Reyes Villa, the former Cochabamba Mayor and Governor who was runner up in last December's presidential vote in Bolivia, is neither writing a book nor leading his party. He has instead fled to the beaches of Miami to avoid prosecution on corruption charges back at home.

Jessica Aguirre of the Democracy Center team in Cochabamba offers us a look at the controversial case.

[Note: We will have a special report from the Morales innauguration up in a few days.]

Jim Shultz


Bolivia vs. Manfred Reyes Villa

Barely a week after his distant second place finish in Bolivia's Presidential vote on December 6th Manfred Reyes Villa disappeared. After a flurry of public and media speculation about his whereabouts – and official U.S. claims of ignorance as to his whether he had entered the U.S. – a Miami newspaper found the former candidate in his Miami apartment and published an in-person interview with him.

As it turns out, the four times mayor of Cochabamba escaped Bolivia somewhat ignominiously through the country's border with Peru and onward from the Lima international airport. According to Peruvian officials, Reyes Villa left the country there on an American Airlines flight heading to Miami on December 15th. The Nuevo Herald found him in his luxury apartment in Miami on January 12th, nearly a month after his disappearance.

“Regrettably, I had to leave Bolivia because I had a pending case of political persecution in addition to my pending court case,” Manfred told the Herald in a videotaped interview. He expressed his distrust in the Bolivian judiciary and stated his belief that his political adversary, President Evo Morales controls all three branches of government.

The runner-up presidential candidate, who garnered 26 percent of the national vote in December, is wanted in Bolivia on various charges of corruption and malfeasance. Manfred announced in early December that he would no longer appear in public for fear of politically motivated detention, saying that he was a victim of political persecution. But he assured publicly that he would not leave the country.

Wanted on Corruption Charges

While the charges against Manfred are from the term he served as governor (which ended in August of 2008 after he was removed from office by Cochabamba voters in a national referendum) those charges did not officially surface until after the December vote. The Cochabamba daily, Los Tiempos, reported that there are 22 legal demands against Reyes Villa, involving an alleged 16.5 million dollars in public funds. The demands include corruption charges, misuse of public funds, and tax evasion, as well as charges of election fraud.

Reyes Villa and his supporters have declared that the charges are purely political: strategizing on the part of MAS to clear the field of its chief adversaries. Senators from Manfred’s political party (Progress Plan-National Convergence) publicly announced their support for him on January 13th.

For its part, MAS defenders say that it was generous not to embroil Manfred in political scandal during the election campaign.

Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera takes Manfred’s escape to be an admission of guilt, announcing, “We lament this cowardly and delinquent attitude of Manfred Reyes Villa - eluding justice, eluding his penal responsibilities in front of the justice system. It is proof, it is an affirmation that he is guilty.”

The furor following Manfred’s escape has resulted in the dismissal of two top migration officials and a general legal scramble to get Manfred returned to Bolivia for trial. The newspaper La Razon reports that U.S. officials have stated that they will fully cooperate with the Bolivian government if the charges have merit, quoting John S. Creamer from the U.S. embassy in La Paz as saying, "We are checking our files over there but I cannot confirm his presence. Clearly, if he is there and there is a judicial process here, we are always prepared to collaborate with Bolivian authorities."

Echoes of Ganzalo Sanchez de Lozada

The fleeing of Ryes Villa to Miami holds clear echoes of another high profile prosecution in Bolivia, the criminal case against former President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, currently being heard in the Bolivian courts in Sucre. In the case initiated shortly after his ouster in October 2003, by a Congress controlled by his own political party, Sanchez de Lozada is charged along with top aides with involvement in the killings of dozens of Bolivians during the 2003 protests. Sanchez de Lozada has been living since 2003 in the Maryland suburbs just outside Washington and U.S. officials, under both the Bush and Obama administrations, have refused Bolivian requests for his extradition. President Obama's first White House Counsel, Greg Craig, served as Sanchez de Lozada's defense attorney prior to joining the White House.

Reyes Villa's attorneys and Bolivian officials are both appealing to international institutions to support their cause. Reyes Villa attorney, Daniel Humérez, is submitting a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, saying that the former candidate doesn’t trust the Bolivian justice system. Meanwhile, the Bolivian courts have issued multiple orders to appear, and the central government states that it will work to get Manfred extradited.

Written by Jessica Aguirre with assistance from Jim Shultz

61 Comments:

Anonymous jd said...

Um, hold on a minute. I don't doubt for a second that Manfred is guilty as sin, but to not even mention the context of an ever-widening set of corruption and other criminal charges against former executive branch officials, judicial functionaries, and opposition politicians is a strange editorial choice. After all, it's the basis of Manfred's persecution claim. I support many of the MAS's goals but the perceived judicialization of politics in Bolivia is a real issue that should at least be brought up, even if you disagree about it. Actually I've been hoping Jim would write a real post about this...

10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim, Good thing Evo and his river polluting cocaine lab running...excuse me, I mean Pachamama lovin' coca union members...are so pure, huh? Throwing rocks from really big glass houses comes to mind. Corruption? That's rich. Honestly, what do you think has caused the inarguable increase in drug trafficking and money laundering under the Evo Morales administration. I'll give you a hint...the answer is in the question. And if you disagree, your consciously ignoring truth. And what about this BS of the USA "invading" Haiti?! WTF! Why haven't you blown that out of the water?! Any knucklehead can see the USA is there to help those poor people under invitation none the less. If your neighbor's house caught on fire you wouldn't sit there on the sidelines. And if needed, you'd organize the efforts of all those that showed up to help. And you might be slowed down a bit to keep those that showed up to help from being burned too bad themselves, right?! The point is Jim that your disappointing right now. In general, you make some good articles about issues worth discussing. Although I don't always agree with your view, you have a great historical grip on it all in Bolivia. Heck, I have your book! But man, tighten it up will ya?! Put that Harvard rag up on the adobe wall to some use! Report honestly! Play clean! Report Evo for what he is once and for all. Not for what the leftist romantic idealists want so bad to believe he is.

11:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Manfred is a crook no doubt, but Evo foolishly is personally getting involved. Evo's big mouth combined with his take over the judicial branch will make it very hard for ANY country that respects human rights not to give Manfred sanctuary.

jd is right...the bigger issue is that this year will mark the end of the judicial system in Bolivia. Goni and cia. will also be protected by Evo transformation of the democratic system into a one Inca rule. Sure these guys deserve to spend 30yrs in jail, but Evo's purpose is not justice but power. He's just a llocalla and his experiment will not see the 13th baktun.

1:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your line about the corruption charges against REyes Villa "those charges did not officially surface until after the December vote" is just pathetic. He is obviously extremely corrupt. How many people do you know that can afford to buy an apartment (and not only one apartment but several) in surfside miami on a Armies Captain Salary? And I do not mean on a US army captain salary (which by the way is also low but at least is paid in dollars). Stealing money in a country as poor as Bolivia to use to money to buy apartments in miami is just adding insult to injury. And insult on the poorest of the poor, a mockery. you should be happy that charges were filled against him. And the charges did not surface in December but long before that. He deserves to be judged and the poor people of Cochabamba deserve to live in a cleaner city, the children deserve to drink cleaner water. Manfred's children need to stop partying in Miami.

2:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Manfred Reyes Villa is widely credited with having done a lot to make the city of Cochabamba cleaner, and who are people to write racist slurs against presidents of foreign nations on this blog ("lok'alla"). Why do people think they understand what's going on in a place about which they obviously know nothing?

5:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Manfred's prefectural administration charged 10% commission on all construction contracts given out during his term. When the MAS took over the Prefecture, the commission went up to 15% and you had to be tight with the party to get a contract. Corruption and tax evasion are ways of life in Bolivia. The Santos Ramirez case highlights the institutionalized "diezma" that reigns in the current government. I can't remember a government in Bolivia that wasn't corrupt--and my memory goes back a long time. But at the same time, I can't remember a government that proclaimed its own virtues, ad nauseam, even as Ministers fall right and left, to the extent of the MAS.

I think Jim does great work. All English-language reporting about the ins and outs of life in Bolivia is welcome. Obviously, nobody can write everything they know,--we who live here have to frequently numb our memories, else we would puke on the hypocrisy of it all. The Nava case for example, the "terrorist" case for another, the trucks full of contraband in Pando, the circus never ends. It's Kabuki theater on a national scale. There is a long tradition in Bolivia of the incoming regime charging the outgoing regime with crimes. Evo and Garcia Linera's time will come, not soon perhaps, but eventually. And so it goes...

7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, well, well look how much reaction an article about "bombon" Reyes villa brought. Manfred a retired captain fortune is just like the ones from Sanchez de Lozada, Papa doc, Fujimori, Banzer, Pinochet, etc. Crooks by nature of birth.
The sewers of Miami are full of Latin American " Right wing, nazis, contras; species of low life crooks whose children enjoy the fruits of blood, oppresion, and misery of the "llockallas" of their countries of origen.

"Bring me the oppressed, bring me the hungry" Really? I should be corrected to " come, come, don't stop; bring your billions of fortunes, come and settle in Miami, and Bethesda; the land of the crooks"

8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey that wasn't me above...i used to sign my posts jd, but now someone else is using jd...where did they come from? or is someone trying to pin comments on me that aren't my own? (not that the above was so bad...)

the former and real jd

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The whole Andean concept of cosmovision knows that the Bolivian justice system is primitive and corrupt; therefore, Mr. Villa's flight to freedom was entirely justified. His accusations against him, whether true or not, are not the issue here. What's at issue is the presumption of innocence. Mr. Villa, long a target by a vindictive and hateful government, has already been deemed a criminal, so how can he expect to receive a fair trial--if he ever gets one?

One just has to look at South America's Nelson Mandela--Leopoldo Fernandez--languishing in a crumbling jail for over a year simply waiting to find out what he's charged for.

Pachacuti, Mama Ocllo, and the Ekeko know that Morales has shamed all what they stand for, and know that its government is all about hate and theft. Mr. Villa did a brave and smart thing--to request to be tried by an impartial international tribunal. Whether innocent or not guilty, Mr. Villa will be an important and knowledgeable voice against the growing tyranny in Bolivia and the liberation of South America's Nelson Mandela: Leopoldo Fernandez.

9:58 AM  
Anonymous AJ La Paz said...

Leopolodo is South America's Nelson Mandela!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAHAHAHHAHAHA

Funniest thing I've heard for a long time. More please Anon 9.58

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Leo is Mandela then Reyes Villa is the Ghandi of Bolivia and Sanchez de Lozada is Mother Teresa!!

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"lok'alla" = Young male, usually single. In the altiplano ALL men are llocallas until they marry. It is at this point, and ONLY after having contracted matrimony, that he is no longer called a llocalla. He is now a man and can voice his opinion in a community meeting.

It is entirely proper and justified to call Evo Morales a llocalla. He is after all unmarried and according to the andean cosmovision, he should not be allowed to speak. Based on the customs and traditions of the culture he just crowned himself leader of, he is the exact opposite of what they value. The fact that Evo has several bastard children, refuses to rotate out of power, can't even speak the language, would make him a 'llocalla atrevido' which yes IT IS an insult (but the atrevido part, the llocalla part is accurate).


"Why do people think they understand what's going on in a place about which they obviously know nothing?"

really, why?

12:18 PM  
Blogger Munaq said...

"those charges did not officially surface until after the December vote"
Not true, this is an article in a Bolivian newspaper for October 21:
"There are 27 trials against Manfred and his allies"
"Hay 27 juicios contra Manfred y sus aliados"
http://www.lostiempos.com/diario/actualidad/nacional/20091021/hay-27-juicios-contra-manfred-y-sus-aliados_41645_70928.html

And this is yet another, for July 16, 2008:
"Morales sues opposition prefect of Cochabamba for sedition"
"Morales demanda por sedición al prefecto opositor de Cochabamba"
http://www.infolatam.com/entrada/bolivia_morales_demanda_por_sedicion_al_-9222.html

The investigation for one of the charges started in 2007:
http://www.lostiempos.com/diario/actualidad/local/20070618/esperan-informe-de-contraloria-en-un-mes-sobre-26_13647_15569.html

Because of the leaning the media has in Bolivia, the cases against Reyes Villa were not widely publicized, but they were active long before his term as prefect.

Reyes Villa is in the middle of many trials, and he escaped. There's no other way to see it.

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh God, fernandez - mandela? Who are these people writing nonsense?

Manfred reyes is a thief, a mercenary, and now a new born "contra". Somoza, Batista, Pinochet, Banzer, Strossner; all those bastards created so much blooshed and escaped as the Fugitive manfred (neonazi name) reyes(he wishes he was one) villa (villa miserias that he stole from).

A fair tribunal would put him in jail, but he knows better, he will be miling the cia to fight for "democracy" from his residences in Miami, Spain, and Maryland. Just like the cuban worms did for the past 50 years. Easy life, easy fortunes all paid by the courstesy of US taxpayers.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Munaq said...

Why would Morales start a political persecution against an individual with no political power after wining the elections by landslide?
- He wouldn't, it would be stupid.

Why would Morales oppose the help that any country offers to Haiti?
- Again, he wouldn't. He is referring to this: http://itzallahustle.ning.com/profiles/blogs/us-troops-occupy-the-symbol-of

"Evo's purpose is not justice but power"
- It would be not only nice but honest if people would back this kind of statements with any kind of documentation.

"his experiment will not see the 13th baktun."
- We'll see. And, why using baktuns?

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to show how clueless the Morales regime is, just look at his cabinet. Two day after being sworn as Minister of Mines, Morales was asked by the press about his minister, who is being sued for fraud and embezzlement when he was head of a public medical insurance agency. Morales rambled that he might of asked him about it but doesn't remember.

Uh,does "background check" mean anything?

Instead of Miami being the "wastebucket of criminals," as Morales claims, "the wastebucket of criminals" is in his own cabinet.

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Evo's purpose is not justice but power"
- It would be not only nice but honest if people would back this kind of statements with any kind of documentation.

~ ~ ~

It would be nice if the people here who have opinions about Evo, actually listened to what Evo says and not what their little euro-liberal-bleeding heart thinks Evo said.

Please refer to several statements he and his party members said about seizing and controlling all three branches. Evo was even marketing the "cute" phrase: "I'm like a capitalist, who once has profits seeks more profits, as a politician, I have power and now I want more power."

Munaq, when's the last time you were a tourist in Bolivia? Where do you plan to die?

4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very strange the ease on how those that justice seeks find somehow refuge in Miami.
How a simple sub-liutenant could afford a condominium in Miami is a miracle. He must have prayed to the Ekeko or retrieved a ton at the Urkupina hills. Someone that was the "edecan" of that individual who led the "Cocaine Coup" EL General Luis García Meza.

Morales is not a saint but it has done something very important restaured the dignity to his people, restored their spirit.
Marketing ;-) Has anyone seen the manner that Lozada destroyed the Villa Reyes candidate in the previous elections via the Gringos marketing specialists! There was even a programme on it and it is used as a Case Study now. El BonBon what he does, well he seek solace with those that destroyed his only chance, that is his dignity

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Bolivian living right here in the United States, having gone to college at the University of Virginia, I am dissapointed that the U.S., is a kind of accomplice in giving cover to wanted criminals and accused individuals of corruption.
This is exactly what fuels anti-americanism around the world., there are enought good decent americans who have to pay for their country to be trashed because of administration people playing politics.
Now I uderstand why the left leaning opposition DID NOT HAVE THE LUXURY OF ASSYLUM IN THE U.S. WHEN THEY WERE BEING PERSECUTED BY BANZER, MEZA AND OTHERS BEFORE.

I Have been often asked by Americans: WHY ARE WE HATED SO MUCH AROUND THE WORLD? The answer: HYPOCRICY IN FOREING POLICY.

THERE IS THIS ARROGANCE THAT NO MATTER WHAT, THE U.S.A., is always right or perfect and that the world should follow whatever that is.

Too bad, America gains enemies by its own doing.

7:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Manfred on live TV election night: "These charges are political. I will not leave Bolivia, because I have not committed any crimes. I will stay to fight these unjust charges. Vote for me, I'm not going anywhere"

What a lying pathetic putz. By the way, his modus operandi was to build new highways adjacent to huge empty tracts of land purchased previously by his wife, land which increased in value tenfold after his "public projects" were completed.

Si, robaba, pero hacia, pero igual robaba. A la carcel carajo.

Context for "political persecution": corrupt cronies of the past governments, those involved in the violence and terror attempts of 2008, and Goni's cabinet which signed the order to kill people, in order to provide gasoline and pretend nothing was wrong. Name one person who is on trial and doesn't fit into those categories.

9:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Repeat after me:

Manfred Reyes is an honest public servant.
Manfred Reyes is an honest public servant.
Manfred Reyes is an honest public servant.

Now this:

In April the Easter Bunny will come.
In April the Easter Bunny will come.
In April the Easter Bunny will come.

Sounds basically the same, no?

4:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like this one:

Bon, Bom, Bom
Bon Bom he ran

Bon, Bom, Bom
Bon Bom he ran...

to Florida

5:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "fair" trial Reyes Villa is referring to is the one where he can bribe the judge and get off on a technicality. No more "fair" trials in Bolivia.

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reyes Villa is in Miami condo.. So what. I guess its a style choice. Some of you are so blind. Do you think Evo and Linera live among the poor just because they say they defend them and pachamama? Or that when Evo flies all over the world he is not staying in 5 star hotels?? How about when he went to the Netherlands last year and stayed in the royal palace to broker a deal with Royal Dutch Shell???

idiots

10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the "Bolivian" who somehow got accepted to UVA with taxpayer dough: Dawg! Whaddup with the grammar and sentence structure? Is UVA that messed up?

It's more apparent than ever that Bolivian political refugees such as Mr. Villa and Mr. Sanchez de Lozada made the correct moves by leaving the country. There would be absolutely no way they would receive a fair trial in Bolivia. Where is the presumption of innocence, people? The burden of proof lands on the accuser, not the accused. It almost makes one think that Mr. Villa is being persecuted simply for being the most handsome of the presidential candidates. The Nelson Mandela of Bolivia, Leopoldo Fernandez -- no Adonis himself -- languishes in prison for over a year without being officially charged. Will it take a Nobel Peace prize to set him free?

11:41 AM  
Blogger Munaq said...

To the Anonymous who mentioned me:
"Munaq"
- Yes?

"when's the last time you were a tourist in Bolivia?"
- Well, I was born and currently live in Bolivia.

"Where do you plan to die?"
- I'm not planing to die, but I like here it's cozy.

To that other Anonymous:
"Where is the presumption of innocence, people?"
- In a 6 year trial that has not finished yet.
Do you know anything about the legal processes that are being followed against Sanchez de Lozada, Reyes Villa or Fernandez?
Do you have any idea of what is the legal course for penal trials in Bolivia?
The charges against Fernandez are "asesinato, homicidio, terrorismo, lesiones graves o leves y asociación delictuosa" (murder, homicide, terrorism, serious or slight injuries and delictive association) since October 13, 2009.
(Source: http://www.cambio.bo/noticia.php?fecha=2009-10-13&idn=9094)

11:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Munaq: "Do you know anything about the legal processes that are being followed against Sanchez de Lozada, Reyes Villa or Fernandez?"
Me: Yep.

Munaq: "The charges against Fernandez are "asesinato, homicidio, terrorismo, lesiones graves o leves y asociación delictuosa" (murder, homicide, terrorism, serious or slight injuries and delictive association) since October 13, 2009."
Me: Oh, okay. So did the racist South African government against Mandela et al in the Rivonia trial. By the way, what's "delictive association?"

Munaq: "Do you have any idea of what is the legal course for penal trials in Bolivia?"
Me: I never heard of a "penal trial." I guess it's a prerequisite for making it as a porn star.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This MRV line, kills me "no soy rico, pero tanpoco soy pobre" yeah sure
I don't se middle class Cochalos living in one block mansions in Linde/Chilimarca which by they way, his street is the only one with all the public amnenities and fully paved while the rest of the neighboring streets are left to the OTB's poor mismanagement, And the miriad of other condo's, comercial properties etc that this RATero, has all over, but I agree with most people here. EVO's big mouth will have this bastard get away scot free.

7:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bottom-line...Everyone deserves a fair trial. Evo will not give it to any opposition. He drips of hate, classlessness, and unadultrated ignorance. He's like a little kid. And he's got that creepy white weirdo as a sidekick. What else could Manfred do? Stick around to be rolled up only to rot in jail? Come on folks?! Think about it. Game over. Evo the doper hold the high ground in Bolivia, listo! JESSICA JORDAN FOR PREFECT!!! JAJA! By the way...Where the hell is Jim!? Hiding under the hammock?! :)

2:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somebody said it earlier...Ain't it cool how Evo's supporters polute the nations waterways killing untold amounts of plant and wildlife with precursor chemicals from their cocaine labs? How about how they destroy the national parks with their coca plots and dirt roads to transport it out? I really seem to think it is all BS. Evo and his MASistas don't give a crap about the people or the country. They're just out to get what they can get for as long as they can get it. Nothing new there, right?

2:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing new anon 2:36 ? You mus be an idiot or a right wing blindsided zombie. Evo and his government have changed Bolivia so much that in ust four years the social, political and economic benefits to the people are amazing.
You should be ashamed of even trying to discredit Evo. Bolivia has never before in its history achieved anything like Evo has and will continue to.
Ciao Manfred Nazaleo.

6:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Evo is the Pol Pot of the Andes.

9:16 AM  
Blogger Munaq said...

To that weird guy insisting in the similitude between Leopoldo Fernandez and Nelson Mandela:

Now that you mention the Rivonia trial, you may not know that the defendants were charged, among other things, of "acting in these ways to further the objects of communism", which is pretty much the opposite of what Fernandez did.

There are other evident differences:
- Fernandez was part of the government for almost 30 years. Including public charges in the dictatorships of García Meza, Vildoso and Torrelio.
- Fernandez is very wealthy and owns large extensions of land.
- Mandela fought to equal the rights of black South Africans, those with indigenous roots, to the rights of the white. Fernandez was doing the complete opposite.
-

"Asociación delictiva" is the legal term used in Bolivia to refer to a Conspiracy, "Delictive association" is the literal translation (which is more appropriate in this case).

Given that in Bolivia we don't have "Juicios Criminales" but have instead "Juicios Penales", which is not the same, I consider that the proper translation is "Penal Trial" as in:
pe·nal
Pronunciation: 'pEn-&l
Function: adjective
1 : of, relating to, or being punishment
2 : making one (as an offender) punishable penal offense>
3 : used as a place of confinement and punishment penal institution>
Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law, © 1996 Merriam-Webster, Inc.

You are confusing "Penal trial" with "Penile trial".

11:32 AM  
Blogger Munaq said...

Why so many people assume Reyes Villa in not having a fair trial?
He's being in trial for 5 or 6 years now and he was even able to be candidate to the presidency.

11:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reyes Villa is to Adolph Eichman and Joseph Meneles as:
USA is to Argentina in the 50s

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reyes Villa is to Klaus Barbie
as
CIA is to ODESSA

7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Proud of Evo? Hmm. I'm really trying to see how one can be proud of a leader that furthers cocaine trafficking. Maybe we should also be proud of Roberto Suarez since he dished out so much dough and goodies to the poor in the Beni years ago. Evo keeps repeating that dignity crap. Dignity my butt. That's just to twang the strings of the ignorant bleeding-hearts to paint himself as a victim. And now he's replaced the gringos with Venezuelans, Cubans, and even Iranians for God's sake. Anyone watching how that country treats it's citizens. And those are the kind of folks Evo has as friends? And by the way, wasn't Evo breaking laws when he was leading the cocaleros while they were blocking the highways, attacking motorists, and even carving up that military/police officer and his wife on the side of the road some years ago. (Not many may remember that one.) You Evo supporters don't make any sense with your smokescreen arguments. I wish you'd just say it like it is. Evo is racking in the mulla and laughing all the way to the bank, carajo!

9:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

holy smokes jim, you watching the news? if your readers keep speaking their mind against evo, the government might shut this blog down too after they chop the local media.

9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ironic how he wants to make illegal for the media to lie...yet all Evo does is lie. How many times has he said the US was about to kill him?

11:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah but those stupid gringo hunter-killer teams deployed under every rock in Bolivia camouflaged in their secret squirrel outfits just couldn't pull it off because Evo is so elusive, clever, and stuff.

Oh yeah...And the DEA was spying on him too, right? If the DEA was looking at Evo, it just might have been because he was a....oh yeah, the president of the federation for the cocaleros!

12:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all these counter-Evo comments, why ain't we hearing any more gobble from the anti-freedom socialist-because-I ain't-got-a-job bra-burnin' che t-shirt wearin' dope smokin' MAS fans?

12:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Hmm. I'm really trying to see how one can be proud of a leader that furthers cocaine trafficking"

Your argument would make sense, if the drug trade were not a business which has been supported by top US government and intelligence officials throughout the years. That kind of money can make its way even to the most sanctimonious levels of the "Empire of the free".

Suarez was a trafficker, top of the totem pole. Cocaleros, bottom of the totem pole. You really think its fair for subsistence farmers who simply choose the most profitable crop based on free market, but still can barely afford food and school supplies for their family to be attacked by the military? Why not attack the problem at the source: consumers.

Yes, media lie. Thats why you probably never heard about the CIA trafficking cocaine to California, mostly targetting African American neighborhoods.

"Anyone watching how that country treats it's citizens"

China, Iraq (where 300 citizens were recently outlawed as candidates), Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan, a handful of ex-Soviet satellites now run by despots under pseudo-democratic regimes which are useful to US interests... do you equally care about how those countries treat their citizens?

Anyway, this post is about Manfred, the "Miami Bombon". Notice how youre still stuck in some angry rant from five years ago, fueled by misunderstanding basic elements... Bolivia has moved on and 64% voted for Evo.

3:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thousands of families in Beni have been severely affected by floods and have received no government help. Hate is what nurtures and maintains the morales regimen.

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is so evident that while the manfreds, sanchez de lozadas, marinconvikcs, and so on.....are enjoying the pleasures of the good old american way of life up North, the poor as most bolivians are, can not participate in this blog because of obvious reasons.

Here we read the opinion of only a handful of neonazis who are lossing their power and have no choice but to scream out of fustration.

Long live Bolivia without the thieves and corrupted "rats who are in Miami now"

4:28 PM  
Blogger Munaq said...

"how one can be proud of a leader that furthers cocaine trafficking"
Any proofs he is related with drug trafficking?

"wasn't Evo breaking laws when he was leading the cocaleros..."
He was, it's called "desobediencia civil", similar to what Rubén Costas did in Santa Cruz and Mario Cossio in Tarija, none of them is being processed for that. But you can't have a change without some revolts.

"and even carving up that military/police officer and his wife on the side of the road some years ago. (Not many may remember that one.)"
I do remember that, very clearly, but I don't see what's the relationship between that incident and Evo Morales.

" the government might shut this blog down too after they chop the local media."
The government has not closed any media this far. What he wants is to force the media to be responsible for what they say.

"How many times has he said the US was about to kill him?"
Do you know anything about the following subjects?:
- Nicaraguan revolution, Sandinismo and Contras.
- Augusto Pinochet's coup d'état against Salvador Allende.
- Eduardo Rosza military background, and András Kepes interview.
- Operation Condor, and the Latin American dictatorships.
I'd say Morales has a lot to fear. He maybe exaggerating, but not lying.

"why ain't we hearing any more gobble from the (...) MAS fans?"
You need to read more throughly through the comments.

And regarding the "anti-freedom socialist-because-I ain't-got-a-job bra-burnin' che t-shirt wearin' dope smokin'" part, I can account for me, in the first place, and say that I don't do drugs, don't wear any symbols or faces, don't wear/own/burn bras, have a job and doing good with it, and fight for the rights and freedom of people not markets.

I can also account for the whole progressive movement which is being represented by the Morales administration.

Considering that the old Bolivian Constitution proclaimed the individual rights in a unique article (Art. 7) and the new Constitution, backed by Morales, has an entire title to declare rights (Title 2, Art. 13 - Art. 107). It seems obvious that you have mistaken the way these things work. It may also seem odd but Morales has a job, and he always had one. Besides that, I don't know if he burnt any bras, wore any t-shirt, or smoke any herb.

"Thousands of families in Beni have been severely affected by floods and have received no government help."
- Well, it's really a pity, but in a country like Bolivia emergency response was always a big problem; roads, communication, and the army structure don't help. However, with some luck, we may see a huge improvement in that matter in the following years.
http://lta.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idLTASIE60S0Q820100129

6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Internet's Evo-haters are to truth
like
Bush was to economically-prudent public policy.

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Any proofs he is related with drug trafficking?"

Wow, I'll spoon-feed you this time...Evo is president of coca growers who grow way way way too much coca than could ever be chewed, made into toothpaste, or weaved into insulation for an ALBA intergalactic spacestation, and instead feed the cocaine production that has incredibly increased since Evo took over. Since Evo is the coca president, one can safely assume he is in charge, right? In charge means he does, or should, have grip on pretty much whatever the coca growers are up to, right? And if he doesn't, than what does that make him? Either incredibly stupid and/or incomponent and/or derilict in his role, right? So, in this case, 1+1 amazingly =2. If you ain't catching on, I can't help you further.

10:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The government has not closed any media this far. What he wants is to force the media to be responsible for what they say."

Are you kidding me? Evo just accused the USA of "invading" Haiti! You call that responsible reporting?

10:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suspect Evo's VP wears a bra.

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Logical comments on this Blog are like cotton candy is to a spark plug.

6:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad Evo received the support he received, the majority of Bolivians, like myself, support what he is doing even though I don't always agree with all the things the government does, still, much better than previous governments. Of course there are those like "bolivia libre" (easy to recognise the way he/she writes - even if now he/she is signing anonymous) will say anything whether rational or not to make as much noise as possible, in spite that the majority of people in Bolivia would take the opposite view. Anyway, I am sure those voices who disagree will continue to have an influential stand in the media, just need to read the "intellectuals" who say anything they like, some times with great prejudice. Hopefully, Bolivian governments will invest more in education and and those prejudices will die, and who knows, we might even see "jailones" marrying indigenous people, you know like the "I have have a dream...".

Going back to the core of the issue on this post. I think it is highly unlikely the US government will cooperate with Bolivia's request, no surprise there. Perhaps, however, other avenues of persuasion should be explored, and maybe getting an international body could be the way to get things going. Anyway, I hope Manfred, Sanchez de Lozada, and all their accomplices are fairly tried and if proved guilty, well they should do their time, if proved innocent, they should walk free.

Manny

8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Manny, Do you honestly believe Evo would afford a fair trial for any of those folks? And by the way, to the Evo lovers out there, there are some unanswered pointed questions asked above concerning Evo...the haiti accusations, the exploding cocaine trafficking. I and others would appreciate hearing your spin on that. Thanks.

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haiti: Fact is the US is now occupying Haiti under color of relief aid. It's the shock doctrine. When people are in a state of shock the powerful can get away with what they couldn't normally. Soon Haiti will be like Iraq: site of the largest embassy (for spying) and military outpost for control of surrounding countries.

"exploding cocaine trafficking":
First, that means "exploding cocaine use" in the US? Cause & effect.
Secondly, where's your proof that anything is "exploding"?

12:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

His Plurinational Excellency couldn't care less for common criminal causes, which have still a window of opportunity, while the former Judge-position-buying clique, enters into it's last week of operation: come february, though fair trials will be the norm, and considering the gross outrage enacted here by Manfred equating himself to Martin Luther King, it is imperatively, and punintentedly urgent for the Obama administration to issue a pronouncement on this dunce at once, and extricate ourselves from Manfred's nefarious presence.Y'allz wellcome. EFI/LPF

1:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haitians implore the US to take over their country!
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/31/AR2010013102725.html?hpid=topnews

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...where's your proof..."

Are you kidding me? Yes, the US (& world) demand is indeed the major brunt of the problem. But the US president isn't the president of the cartel, gang, organization, etc that is in charge of the coca. Although corruption in any government exists, that corruption in the US is individual-centric. The incredible coca production increase is encouraged by the Evo Morales government because the Evo Morales government is making money, directly or indirectly, from the cocaine trade. Read the news a bit here, talk to the honest folks, open your eyes, and you'll see it. Why do you think all those Colombians, Mexicans, Russians (MONEY LAUNDERING CASINOS!), etc are coming here? They ain't Mormons I promise you. There's money to be made!

9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No kidding anyone anymore!We can't ignore (within the world) Chileans', Argentineans',Brazilians', and Paraguayans' huge demand for the leaf, & specifically the Bolivian coca leaf, for ritual and medicinal purposes, while no serious study has bothered to acknowledge this booming market, which is growing world-wide, as the demand to treat the addiction to the blow makes the availability of the simple leaf form, the paragon of cocaine dispersion, whereby the price of the blow will become so dearly prohibitive, that no new cases of addiction would be present, while the remaining former addicts will be able to curb their forced withdrawal under humane and ideal conditions. Even the toughest, and most notorious of all cartels, will be forced into rehab for it's fast money addiction, since their policy of price cuts (the very definition of "cartel") will have to be abandoned, in favor of a sustainable, dignified, and viable solution, keeping their now infamous acronym to stand for "Dispersing Erythroxylon Agency" EFI/LPF

2:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dope consumption in Bolivia increased as a percentage more than in the US thanx to Evo's involvement in the coca/coke trade

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog is dealing with the escape of Manfred Reyes, and, I suppose, the legal system in Bolivia; not about accusations of anonymous comments. I am not interested in spinning any facts, much less interested in making loose or unfounded judgements based purely on rumours or prejudice.

It is a fact that Manfred Reyes escaped from Bolivia and is now in the USA. I suggested that Reyes Villa and Sanchez de Lozada should, perhaps, be tried by an international body. Sanchez for his involvement in the deaths of around 60 people during the water crisis, and Manfred for the corruption allegation against him. For what I can read in the comments above, there doesn't seem to be any doubt from the Manfred Reyes Villa supporters that he was indeed corrupt. However, anonymous contributors in this blog try to paint him in a better light "comparing" him though a proven corrupt, not so bad compared to "el llocalla", "drug trafficker" of Morales.

It is rather weak to try to justify Reyes Villa's actions by saying things like "but Evo is this or is that" filled with prejudicial comments against someone who has not been, in the eyes of the law, committed a crime. If Evo has committed a crime, surely people will have the chance to vote against him in the next general election; I don't see why so much unhelpful and irrational noise coming from a disappearing minority.

Manny

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The US ATP (Alien Tort Provision)instance, towards which Goni's case was purportedly railroaded by either ignorant, or prevaricating counsel, at enormous expense for the bolivian people, did not, would not, and as a matter of record, hasn't rendered veredict in favor of any alien in recent history, but rather craftily suspended all judgements, on the premise that one case, (FBI kidnapping of a Mexican national, mistaken for a drug lord, and exonerated by another court, given his proven innocence) of restitution for damages, could eventually proceed, to set precedence for all other cases thereafter, while the ATP Court astutely crippled the case on a precluding "local" technicality. Even in the event, that Goni would be proven to have been a US national at the time of his crimes, the revolving-door-nature of such a charade, is in essence, the setting sought by Manfred, and lately Branko, to have one more laugh at their victims expense, courtesy of a consuetudinarily archaic, penal-colony criminal system of sinister memory. EFI/LPF

2:09 AM  

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