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Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Bolivia: revolución, no! elecciones, sí!

Lenin becomes Kerenksy, apparently.

It seems that, though the Bolivian peasants are revolting, it's in dribs and drabs. Felipe Quispe, Jaime Solares and the boys have Joementum.

Instead of storming the parliament by main force, they're reduced - according to La Prensa today, at least - to asking President Carlos Mesa if he'd be so kind as to call early elections in the autumn [1].

And, in the process, the sad sacks have, it seems, widened the split in the ranks of the peasants: Evo Morales' MAS party
consideró que esa tienda política no tiene ideología.

Is this all for the benefit of the tourists? Revolution normally requires small numbers of hard men who can keep their traps shut, not the bloviators with whom patient readers will be familiar. Naturally, if there is a Lenin waiting to strike, his name is not going to be known to a kibitzer like your humble blogger.

That, at any rate, is my excuse...

  1. In their call, they're joined by the NFR party. Who? Dunno, but I smell opportunism. Example at random: a 2003 agreement between the NFR and the biggest party, the MNR - the party of ousted president and hate figure for the left, Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada.

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