Monday, May 29, 2006
Bolivia: Chavez Visits, Tells Bolivians How To Vote, Suggests Constitutional Language and Who To Obey
These are direct quotes of a speech that Chavez gave in the town of Shinahota in Bolivia on Friday, and which appeared in El Mundo In addition, he also did his weekly radio show from Tiahuanaco, Bolivia, and had other choice comments.
CHAVEZ TELLS BOLIVIANS THAT EVO IS HERE TO STAY...AND TO BOLIVIAN VOTERS TELLS THEM TO VOTE FOR MAS POSITION TO CONSOLIDATE REVOLUTION
"Evo came to power to say, the bolivian revolution is here to stay, and the Constituyente is only the first step"
"if the revolutionary forces do not get a smashing majority, the process of drafting a new constitution is not viable through peaceful means"
"if the right wins in the Constitutional Assembly....."it is capable of stopping nationalization"
CHAVEZ TELLS BOLIVIANS ABOUT ANTI-EVO CONSPIRACY....BUSH IS BAD...CHAVEZ TELLS BOLIVIANS TO TAKE TO THE STREETS
there is a conspiracy to overthrow Evo" "be alert...and take to the streets" (in case there is a coup)
If Bush says he is worried about the erosion of democracy, that means he gave green light to start conspiring against the government of Evo and its institutions."
LT COL CHAVEZ OF THE BOLIVARIAN ARMY GIVES ORDERS TO THE BOLIVIAN ARMY TO THROW PEOPLE IN JAIL..
disobey if anyone orders you to overthrow Evo" "you must not obey that order, what you must do is detain the coup instigators and throw them in jail immediately.
CHAVEZ SAYS CONSTITUTION MUST INCLUDE NO-PRIVATIZATION CLAUSES
The New Consitution, in my judgement, should prohibit the privatization of hydrocarbons, closing the door, definitively to that possibility.
I remember hearing Fidel Castro give a speech in Sandinista Nicaragua on the first anniversary of the overthrow of Somoza. Even that Communist windbag would not in public tell Nicaraguans what to do, much less tell their army officers who to obey - that's the kind of instruction that he gave behind closed doors. Chavez really seems to have no internal brakes, and is erratic.
A leader of a country does not just go to another country and directly tell its citizens and army these kinds of things. There are diplomatic ways of saying things and getting your message through. The Bolivian publics frustration and resentment with the US, was fueled by dumb comments out of the US Embassy the past 15 years - particularly over the coca erradication issue. What Chavez just said, goes even further, since he did not even make a pretense of couching it in diplomatic language.
HYPOCRITES OF THE WEEK: Chavez apologists who are shamefully quiet now that the Venezuelan publically is interfering in Bolivian internal affairs. That did not stop many of them about bitching about two paragraphs Bush said in a (probably scripted) Q and A session. The US President said he was "concerned about the erosion of democracy" in the two countries mentioned by the questioner. (Venezuela and Bolivia). Given Morales government threats to confiscate land and seize assets of some companies, that is not unreasonable - and m many left-of-center leaders have also said so recently. It is hardly to the level of telling Bolivians how to vote in order to consolidate the revolution, as done by Chavez.
Where are they now??? . Chavista apologist of the week, Jim Schultz who immediately after Bush's statements came up with no less than three tortured articles denouncing Bush's statements, and trying to obscure Chavez blatant interference in Bolivian affairs.