Marlene Rojas was 8 years old, one of five daughters born to Eloy Rojas and Etelvina Ramos in the indigenous Aymara town of
Marlene's parents are part of a group of Bolivians who presented civil charges on Sept. 26 in a
Marlene's is one of many innocent deaths and, in addition to the
The charges against Sánchez de Lozada and Berzaín refer to their responsibility in the deaths of 67 civilians between Sept. 20 and
Protests were led by Evo Morales, a coca-union leader and indigenous congressman who is now
On Oct. 11 and 12, Bolivian military units, armed for warfare, were sent to put down social protests in El Alto, the indigenous city next to
Their actions have been repudiated at the highest levels in
Another former president, Jorge Quiroga Ramírez, who leads the main opposition party in Bolivia, recently commented on the case: ``We hope that the U.S. government will practice what it preaches, with respect to democracy and human rights, and that it will move forward the legal notifications presented by Bolivia's Supreme Court.''
The parents of Marlene Rojas, the girl killed by a so-called democratic government, never imagined that they would count on support from Quiroga, himself part of Boliviàs ruling elite. Nor do Eloy Rojas and Etelvina Ramos yet know the words of the United States' Founding Father John Adams, who called for, ``A government of laws and not of men.''
It is time for the
Gustavo Guzmán is ambassador of