Daily Archives: November 10, 2011

TIPNIS: Government keeps on sending the worst possible message

El Deber website offers the latest speech from current Bolivian president:

President told the indigenous people of San Ignacio de Moxos to request their leaders and Assembly [congress] representatives to push for the construction of the road Villa Tunari-San Ignacio de Moxos, so it can go through the TIPNIS. [as planned]

He continued by saying the he saved his responsibility by getting the credit for the road construction, as well as by promulgating the short law; so now it is the hands of the region’s people to demand that the road project continues. [you’ve read it right, that was the message: I got the funds, then I rejected the road by Law and now it is up to you to continue with the road…?? are those the words of a statesman? acknowledging the approval of a law and then recommending it shouldn’t be obeyed?]

On the other hand, the Catholic Church expressed their support to the marchers who opposed the construction of the road inside the TIPNIS.

http://www.eldeber.com.bo/2011/2011-11-10/vernotaahora.php?id=111110173751

So what is the message we receive? for most of Bolivian citizens: laws are not to be enforced nor respected, problem still continues. For the international community: this country signs on a Law and speaks differently, so it is an unstable country, let’s keep our financing elsewhere. The coca growers, political party affiliates and supporters: we have to get respect from everyone out there, we can do as we please. The narcs: the more turmoil and social unrest, the better for our business. The police and the armed forces: we’ll continue to do as the government orders us.

I simply cannot understand this behavior, if the government issued a law where it said that no road was to go through the TIPNIS… then that should have sufficed; so why keeping to beat a dead horse? or is there something else that we poor mortals fail to understand?