As I noted in Monday’s Carnival, Santa Clara, Bolivia’s richest province, voted for autonomy from the central government by an 85% margin last weekend, thereby rejecting Evo Morales’s and Hugo Chavez’s socialist plans.
As you can well imagine, Chavez wasn’t going to like that. Not surprisingly, Rafael Correa of Ecuador joins him in the chorus, and they both blame the CIA:
South America: Leaders Warn of Autonomy Attempts in Venezuela, Ecuador
Presidents Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and Rafael Correa of Ecuador warned of possible “contagion” in their countries by the autonomy movement in the eastern Bolivian province of Santa Cruz.
“The central plan by the CIA (U.S. Central Intelligence Agency) and its lackeys in Venezuela is to take control of regional governments to carry out illegal referendums like the one held (Sunday in favour of autonomy) in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. But we will defeat that plan!” said Chávez.
Would the real reasons lie in the SantaClarans desire for prosperity and liberty? Would there be a historical reason?
Bolivia “has faced regional unity problems since it was founded by the independence hero (Simón Bolívar, 1783-1830)”
Not if you listen to Hugo; it’s all the CIA’s fault.
Latin American Communists blaming the CIA was old even when I was a little kid, but it’s an easy scapegoat and right out of the Latin American Idiot’s phrase book. Play me the world’s smallest violin.