evo 101, from the mouth of a former follower … coca rules!

An excellent article by former supporter of evo: Alvaro Puente for El Deber.

Bolivian Thoughts opinion: Me personally had always expected that from evo, I saw him when he was dealing with us in alternative development … I have seen his actions, I knew what to expect from him and of course, I was extremely disappointed when La Paz people received evo and his coca growers marching inside the city. I did not believe how lucky was this bastard when we received all the loan debt forgiveness that I, with others in the international community, started the paper work for this loan forgiveness back in 1996. On top of that he was also extremely lucky to have had the best possible economic time ever in our history. His government received the highest revenues possible on our exports, due to high international prices on those commodities. And now Puente, a former Jesuit, an utopia socialist describes now evo as I always saw him.

President of the cocalero union

I do not know if it’s to laugh or cry. From the same ministry they tell us that cocaine is manufactured in the already invaded part of the Tipnis and they deny it to us. And that’s not all. The minister assures that there is no such criminal production, but at the same time he says that they are pursuing it. This is the sensitive point of national policy.

In any other field they have answers, more or less intelligent, but they do. When the issue of cocaine or coca is touched, when cocaleros are at stake, officials of all ranks stagger, shiver. They panic to hurt the deep feelings of the president and the hidden goals of his government. It is swampy ground where they can not step without getting muddy.

Why are we frightened by the data that outcrops about coca and cocaine production? We knew why Evo Morales sought the Presidency. He fought with despair against all governments and against the DEA, he faced death against army and police, until he decided to wage war from above and put the means to assume national leadership. It is not secret or capricious deduction. Evo himself said it in the campaign that took him to parliament.

With childish ingenuity, we believed that with Evo we would reclaim the rights of our forgotten indigenous peoples. We thought that the national awakening would finally arrive.

We made our hopes up with a more just country, which would offer its people opportunities to cultivate and grow. Many of us believed it, but there was no reason to wait because the driver of the country was going in another direction. It was only a dream. Only the coca growers could incubate hopes.

When had agricultural production been the concern of Evo or his Chapareño followers? Their daily anguish was that they were allowed to grow coca and that their miraculous leaf reached superlative prices.

As Evo Morales came from the secularly abandoned population, the indigenous peoples clung to him in the hope that his combativeness would reach them, but they had never been his illusion nor his objective.

He had never worried about their abandonment. He never hid that his militant struggle was and would be for the coca leaf. Enchanted would drag the indigenous fervor and that something he could do for them if at some free time he would remember them, but if they clashed their interests with the interests of the cocaleros, no one doubts what would be the choice. Was not that what decided the fate of the Tipnis?

We all expected that the rotten judicial system would change, but that hope had its origin only in our intimate frustrations. When the coca struggle had shown, even in its most distant dalliances, that justice was of concern? They were only worried about the eradication of their coca fields. Did the doctors and hospitals lack a minute of their struggles? Did they care what happened in the frustrating schools of the country? Neither nature nor natural resources were ever his concern nor his occupation.

What do we miss? Why do we ask for more? Deluded, we needed to hope for the best and as children we believed that Santa Claus would come. At our age we should foresee what was coming. We should know the distance that always exists between the electoral promises and the authentic presidential dreams. If we have forgotten, it is our fault.


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Senior managerial experience on sustainable development projects.

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