Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Bolivia: Evo Feels Abandoned

From the Nuevo Herald , it looks like Evo is feeling slighted by his buddies on the left, mainly La Paz mayor Juan Del Granado, and Rene Joaquino from Potosi, whom Del Granado is backing in the nationwide elections. According to the article, Local analysts see a Joaquino candidacy, siphoning off votes from MAS in the south and southeast Andean regions, and hindering a united left.
"I feel abandoned, I feel really hurt that they abandoned us, the peasants, the Indians, they should instead join the (movement) MAS to advance together, to guarantee change in Bolivia", said the Cocalero.

Morales further called upon them by name, imploring them to make common cause with MAS, "the political instrument of the poor...so that all of them....in a united manner, can confront these national elections on the behalf of poor people and marginalized people."




''Me siento abandonado, siento muchísimo que nos abandonen, a campesinos, a los indios. (Los presuntos disidentes) deberían sumarse (a su Movimiento Al Socialismo, MAS) para avanzar juntos, para garantizar el cambio en Bolivia'', deploró el cocalero.....

Sobre todo al doctor Juan del Granado, al compañero Joaquino, a sumarse a este Movimiento Al Socialismo, que es el instrumento político de los pobres ... para que todos, de manera conjunta, enfrentemos estas elecciones nacionales, para la gente empobrecida, la gente marginada''.



He also appealed to all the "social movements, to my brother Abel Manani" (neighborhood council activist in El Alto), to bolster his campaign. Lastly, Morales also called for help from "businessmen in solidarity with the poor of Bolivia," a couple of days before the main Union (COB) and the Indigenous Party MIP decide whom they will endorse for the presidency.




El líder cocalero y principal referente de la izquierda boliviana convocó ''a todas las fuerzas sociales, a mi hermano Abel Manani (dirigente de los vecinos de la combativa ciudad indígena de El Alto)'' a apuntalar su candidatura.

También llamó ''a empresarios solidarios con los pobres de Bolivia'', dos días antes que la Central Obrera Boliviana y el Movimiento Indigenista Pachacuti proclamen a sus respectivos candidatos presidenciales, en momentos en que se evidencia una fuerte división en la izquierda boliviana.