An important Sub-Editorial from Pagina Siete:
According to Deputy Minister of Social Defense and Controlled Substances, Felipe Cáceres, in 2016 the eradication of illegal crops and surpluses of coca leaves fell by 40.3% compared to last year: 6,576 hectares in 2016 and 11,020 in 2015. The authorities explained that this decrease is due to the fact that there are no more plantations to be eliminated in Bolivian territory, as opposed to previous efforts.
[this cartoon is from La Prensa. It is very appropriate, published by a newspaper that no longer exists in printing format, due to political pressure from this government, who only “buys” space and time on news agencies, as a reward for not questioning the wrongdoings of this disastrous ochlocracy. Cartoon is from 09/12/2012, it shows the Presidential Palace “owned” by the coca growers and they spreading the coca leaf production, in all its forms… hundreds of towns and neighborhoods have been found in the smuggling, production and selling of cocaine]
The commander of the Strategic Operational Command (CEO), Gonzalo Rodríguez, agreed with Cáceres when he said that within his area of operations, coca was eradicated.
The information is surprising, with the understanding that the latest monitoring of coca cultivation by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) indicates that by 2015 there were 20,200 hectares of this shrub in the country. Law 1008 set a limit of 12,000; Although this rule is about to be modified, and the Government’s announced intention is to establish 20,000 hectares as a new cap. When can we have reliable data on this important topic?
This confirms that the Chapare region is an independent state or at least they do as they please. The worst thing that could have ever happened to us, Bolivians, is that a coca grower “leader” would seize the power.
Under the best economic times possible, his demagogue wasted over $180 billion dollars. Narcotrafficking and smuggling bloomed under this despicable petty individual.