With 15 days to go until the autonomy referendum, de facto organised by the
Adding to these declarations of concern, are those of the Argentine ambassador in
Leaving clear the success of the bunkering down by the business sectors in Santa Cruz, Morales yesterday had to pull out his vice minister for land, Alejandro Almaraz, from the Bolivian Chaco. Days before, the functionary tried without luck to enter the hacienda of the
On Wednesday, the forum of private business owners transformed itself into a violent anti-government tribune. “After May 4, another economic model will begin to function”, warned the president of the Chamber of Exporters of the East, Ramiro Monje, in war footing against the government over the prohibition of exports of cooking oil and other basic products in order to force down internal prices.
Despite having made the measure more flexible, the Bolivian head of state threatened to nationalise companies that “are provoking a bosses lockout” by declaring a forced vacation. With all this, Morales called on the pro-government social movements to desist from going to
The leader of the peasant confederation, Isaac Avalos, announced that his organisation would comply with the request of the president and would call for abstention. Nevertheless, the cocalero leader Julio Salazar insisted that
Just in case, the cruceños have enlist their own “civil guard” and the departmental electoral court – that does not recognise the national court – recalled that voting was obligatory, threatening sanctions on those who did not go to the polling booths. No small threat in a country with those who do not vote can not even cash in a cheque at a bank.
Translated from Clarin