[Marxism] Bolivian Leader Warns of Electoral Fraud and Violence

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Tue Nov 15 10:56:37 MST 2005


Bolivian Leader Warns of Electoral Fraud and Violence

La Paz, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) If, as the US wants, ex-neoliberal
President Jorge Quiroga wins the December 18 elections, there will be
an uprising and bloody repression, indigenous candidate Felipe Quispe
warned international media Monday.

The leader of the indigenous MIP Pachacuti party also denounced that
the PODEMOS candidate intends to unite with businessman Samuel Doria
Medina (UN-Unidad Nacional) to maneuver the National Electoral Board
in fraud to prevent poll favorite Evo Morales (MAS candidate) from
assuming the presidency.

If that happens, Quispe continued, Quiroga -a CIA agent- would
respond to the inevitable social rebellion demanding his resignation
with a bloodier repression than that of Oct. 2003.

At that time social unrest forced the resignation of neoliberal
Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada after a military repression that killed 67
people, and for which the ex president is charged with genocide.

Quispe reiterated his serious differences with the Movimiento al
Socialismo (MAS) candidate Morales, but declared the only way Morales
can win is with an absolute majority in the first round to prevent
manipulations or a congressional decision.

The Pachacuti candidate recalled his own militancy with the ELN
guerillas, founded by Ernesto Che Guevara, and with the militant EGTK
(Tupac Katari guerillas) between 1989 and 1992, for which he was
imprisoned for five years.

Quispe declared that if Evo Morales wins and does not fulfill his
campaign promises -above all to nationalize hydrocarbons- the people
will throw him out of office too.

hr/ccs/mrs




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