Take the case of Jim Schultz, the busybody who runs the deceptively named The Democracy Center and who reports on the crisis from his "Blog From Bolivia" This gringo calls Cochabamba home now.
The Center a/k/a Jim Schultz, describes itself this way:
based in Cochabamba Bolivia and San Francisco California, works globally to advance human rights through a unique combination of investigation and reporting, training citizens in the art of public advocacy, and organizing international citizen campaigns.
He first gained some notoriety in Bolivia through his involvement with the so-called "Water Revolts" in Cochabamba against Bechtel, which he himself recounts here
For a clear-cut example of him "training citizens in the art of public advocacy", check out this article
He basically admits he has been 'educating' Bolivians with leftie anti-US, anti-Market rhetoric.
In addition, a small group of activists has worked diligently for more than a year to educate community leaders, journalists and the public at large about the perils Bolivia faces under the FTAA, and to organize that opposition into a real campaign. The first national organizing workshop, last April, drew more than 200 people – students, campesino farmers, labour leaders, environmentalists, women’s leaders and others. Those people fanned out across the country to spread the word and mobilize support.
Campaigners have already accomplished a good deal more than they expected. The first step, public education, has stained the FTAA with deep public scepticism that is expressed regularly here – in public forums, radio talk shows, private conversations. The second step, to force the Government into formal discussions, is now under way. Their objective is to make participation in the FTAA subject to a referendum.
‘The people understand that the politicians and the business leaders have had a monopoly over the information, the discussions and the decisions about these policies that have a huge affect on our lives,’ says Olivera. ‘What we’re doing now is breaking that monopoly so that the people can understand, debate and decide these issues for themselves.’
This is no more than pimping some of the stupidest leftist ideology out there to a receptive audience. I have often said that Bolivians of all classes do not need foreign interference to raise political hell. But, the level of anti-American rhetoric and hate, is something you did not see in Bolivia, in no way at the level of what you'd see in countries like Panama or Nicaragua with long histories of U.S. interference. Most of the press has been fairly toned down, and that was the usual source of nasty rhetoric for Bolivians. Bottom line is that Jim Schultz and his fellow NGO types in country, have contributed to this hate and to the rhetoric.
It took Bolivia so long to finally reach a point where Democratic succession was the norm and not the exception. How pathetic that some NGO's, especially one with "Democracy" in its name, is contributing to un-democratic results as the overthrow of one democratically elected governments, and one Constitutional one.