Bolivia is threatening a coup – at least it says recently elected for another term by President Evo Morales. The country is really ongoing riots, arson and attacks on officials. What they are called and there is great risk that one of Russia’s allies in Latin America lose his job?
The first round of presidential elections in Bolivia held on October 20. The favorites were two: the current head of state Evo Morales and his predecessor, Carlos Mesa. The Bolivian press is considered Morales a candidate who can win in the first round (second round in the history of Bolivia of the XXI century did not happen). The Western media wrote about the inevitability of the second visit of the Bolivians to the polls on 15 December, as neither of the two leading candidates abroad 50% + one vote, on 20 October, will not overcome. Do not get Morales, were convinced Western experts, to win the second embodiment. And this is a very important option in this context. According to Bolivian law, if in the first round, the leader gets more than 40% of the votes and thus has the advantage of more than 10% over the nearest pursuer, the winner is declared President.
The counting of votes after the closing of polling stations was at first easily and quickly. By the time it was processed 83% of the ballots, it turned out that Morales spoke just over 47% of voters, and Mesa scored less than 37%. In other words, the incumbent had every reason to get the champagne out of the fridge.
But at this very moment was a plot twist in the spirit of Hollywood: the computer system of elections was declared failed, and the announcement of results was postponed indefinitely. In the media immediately become the version on “why stopped counting and who’s to blame”. The publication agreed that “any suspicion of manipulating the computer system that led to distortion of the true picture of the voting results”. The opposition had spread the view that “the electoral Tribunal began receiving electronic data, thanks to which the percentage of votes for Carlos Mesa began to grow, and marked the inevitability of the second round of the elections.” Supporters of Evo Morales claimed that “the President won legitimately and will be assuming a new term.”
The organization of American States (OAS), fully controlled by Washington, said that it is necessary to verify election results and to do it must necessarily “neutral and disinterested persons from the countries belonging to the OAS”.
The Bolivian government reacted calmly and confidently. The Minister of communications Manuel Canelas announced the invitation to ambassadors of Argentina, Brazil and the United States “to participate in data collection after criticism made by these countries”, and checking the documents of the election Commission”.
“We’re losing. All out!”
“We are on the eve of the legalization of fraudulent counting results, – said at a meeting with representatives of opposition media Carlos Mesa. – I call for a democratic mobilization of civil society, citizen committees, political parties and CONADE (national Committee for the defense of democracy)”.
October 21 on the streets of Bolivian cities spilled out of the opposition-oriented mass. As noted by the Spanish “El Mundo”, she “appeared to be infected rampant in Latin American countries with the virus of destruction.” “The fires in the election headquarters of the MAC (the ruling party “Movement to socialism”, whose leader is Evo Morales – approx. OPINION), street protests and fighting with the followers of the “Movement to socialism” was recorded in many parts of the country. In Santa Cruz, the richest region of the state, was declared the strike. In Potosi, the rebels burned the premises of the local electoral court. In Pando, they invaded the polling stations, and in Oruro destroyed the local headquarters of the MAC.”
The Episcopal conference had joined the opponents of the incumbent and demanded “respect for the will of the people”. The same part that happy doing the vandalism, calling it a manifestation of democracy.
To avoid a repetition of the Chilean events, the Bolivian government was forced to take a break and accept the demands of the opposition to attract arbitrators from the OAS for a final verdict about whether there has been fraud in the counting of votes.
Invincible and legendary
In the OAS, Morales was referred to as “the last Bastion of socialist ideology in Latin America”. “Penultimate” in this list was Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. The OAS is the organization which periodically asks a question and does not help the military by the Venezuelan opposition. And that Morales is in it inhibiting element opposing such actions. In addition, the current President of Bolivia a few months ago made a trip to Moscow, where he signed several economic agreements with Russia, one of which is about development of deposits of lithium. Bolivia together with Chile and Argentina divide among themselves the largest field of this strategic metal. But whether the contract continued in the light of unfolding in Bolivia events?
Evo Morales, met with the press after the vote, noted that “ignore the election results – is to reject the choice of the whole people”, and invited the opposition to speak in “real proposals complying with the provisions of the Constitution of the country.”
The opposition is not found, what could be hooked legally to protest the victory of Morales, and decided to go the “Venezuelan way”, calling for new stock disobedience, strikes, and protests. On that and the answer was also in the Venezuelan spirit, Evo Morales, as reported by the Cuban Prensa Latina, considered the abolition of the voting results coup. The same opinion was expressed by Nicolas Maduro.
1 Nov 2019, Evo Morales officially announced his entry for the fourth time as President of Bolivia. Opposition in the face of adversary, and Morales, ex – President Carlos Mesa and several socio-political organizations declared, in response to this ultimatum. They gave the newly minted head of state 48 hours to leave the post, hinting that “otherwise it will be like in Chile”. The term of the ultimatum expired in the last hour of Monday, November 4th.
Morales are gone.
Burn it all with fire!
At the expiration of the ultimatum the country was overwhelmed by another wave of protests, mixed with vandalism. In the Bolivian cities of La Paz and El Alto at the end of this week recorded clashes between supporters and opponents of President Evo Morales. Media reported about one victim. In General, the time performances of the opposition forces, which began immediately after the announcement of the election on 20 October, three people were killed.
On Thursday, a crowd of protesters burned the building that housed the administration of the city of Vinto (province Montero). Mayor Patricia Arce supporters of Carlos Mesa was dragged into the street, where a pair of scissors cut her hair, tried to shave bald and repeatedly sprayed in the face with spray paint-spray. The Bolivian newspaper Opinión LosTiempos and accompanying text news videos, as the ARS runs barefoot through the “corridor of shame”, hosted by her attacker, who pushed her from one wall of the corridor to the other.
In La Paz and El Alto in the evening of the same day broke out of the performance of students. They stopped only after security forces were forced to use tear gas.
Luis Fernando Camacho, one of the leaders of the Bolivian opposition, was taken to La Paz a demand letter to Evo Morales “to refuse the establishment of a President and agree on a second round of elections”. This was reported by the press, the Minister of defense Javier Zabaleta, who said that “the opposition’s actions provoke the escalation of violence in the country.”
The system failed, attributing votes to opposition candidate
But on Friday, 8 November, Bolivian plot made a cool new twist. The Panamanian group Ethical Hacking Consultores performing the inspection computer system of the Bolivian elections, has published a report on the work. Which implies that “after you have been treated 83% of the ballots, the center began receiving data from one of the servers with unidentifiable IP address “somewhere in the region of Santa Cruz” correction of voting protocols”. In a short time it was fixed about 35 thousand ballots, making 10% the gap was reduced to seven percent. That is, if the fraud votes there was, it was accomplished it in favor of the opposition candidate.
Chapter Ethical Hacking and Alvaro Andrade in comments to the report explained that he could not say whether it is fraud (the deliberate action of someone) or was the result of a system failure, “which does not 100% meet the requirements of data security”. According to the expert, the final point in this matter needs to supply the auditors of the OAS, which might finish its work within the next five days.
Then, apparently, and it becomes clear – hold does Morales in his chair.