Paola Flores, AP reports for The Washington Post, bottom picture from the internet, displaying how he felt and how he ended … the tyrant is gone, long live Democracy!:
LA PAZ, Bolivia — The images of Evo Morales have come to be a part of the Bolivian landscape, even if the former leader himself now lives abroad, forced out by street protests and the crumbling of support from police and military.
His face peers out from walls and billboards, some of them remnants from the last of his four campaigns for office. As the weeks pass, they fade a bit, or the walls begin to crumble, eroding the words: “Evo president 2020-2025 … Future of Bolivia”
Never before had a member of Bolivia’s long-oppressed indigenous people risen to the presidency. Never had any president governed longer than the former llama herder and coca grower. [Bolivian Thoughts opinion: he was NOT the first indigenous to become president.]
He held office for nearly 14 years, starting in 2006, and twice won reelection with healthy majorities as the country’s economy boomed. [Bolivian Thoughts opinion: he pushed for a second, with the tricky argument that Bolivia was a different country, when he changed the Constitution to accommodate to his needs and erased the Republic and invented the Pluri-national State. The economy boomed because of the extraordinary high international prices of all our exports (raw materials) and he also received the condonation of our international debt, as part of the HIPC, which started to be processed in 1996. So, all the boom happened despite him, and he squandered over $180 billion dollars, and as a cheap demagogue he is he lied about it. He produced zero sustainable jobs and zero foreign investment.] But he wore out the welcome for many, especially protesters who accused him of rigging this year’s third reelection vote. The wave of unrest prompted Morales to resign last month and head into an at least temporary exile.
“He’s not here now and that’s for the best. Now we are free of a man who didn’t care about the people and felt like the king of Bolivia, wanting to govern until he died,” said Samuel Mendoza, a 22-year-old economics student.
Even many followers felt his connection with them had faded over the years. [Bolivian Thoughts opinion: during his egocentric government, over 700 people had to flee due to political persecution, more than 80 people died violently as a result of his poor-demagogue government.]
“He is indigenous like us. We reacted very late” when he was under pressure, said Brigida Soria, a 40-year-old street vendor in the capital’s poor Senkata neighborhood. Ït’s that he no longer had direct communication with us. He grew distant. “