Tonight I was listening to Adolfo Salgueiro in "Alo Ciudadano" now the main opposition talk show in
AS: we all know that Evo Morales is coming regularly to
EC: do you have evidence?
AS: we all know how those things works: it is not done in front of a notary, no direct evidence is left around. That is the way it was always done.
EC: you did that in the past?
AS: yes, of course, but in our case we were helping democratic movements and it was implied in the 1961 constitution. We succeeded.
And a minute later:
AS: Evo continuous visits are of course to take orders and advice from Chavez and bring pocket money back.
EC: but do you have proof of it?
AS: no, but so is lacking [communication minister] Izarra when he accuses [the
Now what is extraordinary is the looseness at which all of this is said: nobody doubts that Chavez is supporting Evo Morales in any which way he can and gag law and all, people say it aloud.
But there is good evidence anyway. Sunday before last Chavez had his "Alo Presidente" in Yaracuy, my home state. And Evo Morales was a guest. Evo in Yaracuy? Not to mention that the unfortunate words of Chavez that Sunday were sufficient to start a diplomatic row between Bolivia and Venezuela.
Well, it turns out as it was exposed in Alo Ciudadano tonight that the script of the show is looking strangely a lot like what we are seeing in Bolivia this week as President Meza has handed in his resignation in a political gambit of high stakes (that particular broadcast of Alo Presidente is not on line yet but Evo Morales is already figuring in the web site).
The crisis has been building for quite a while and it seems that showdown time has arrived. So the only question is why is Chavez having such an interest in Bolivia? I can count already 5 reasons:
That Bolivia has huge social problems that predate even the rapaciousness of the Patiño familiy does not deserve discussion. That these problems are at the root of today's crisis is obvious to all. And thus, by the same token, it is idle to speculate as to whether Chavez is financing Evo Morales.