After reviewing the Bolivian press, one has the sensation that the end of the world will begin on May 4th in
It’s not the first time that this threat has been heard from the Santa Cruz Civic Committee. In December of last year, with great fanfare, they announced the establishment of their autonomy, de facto, as they love to say. The same happened in 2006 and 2004. But in the end they never did anything. Every time they were on the point of doing something, they took two steps backwards.
In past decades, the threat to separate even included annexation to
As we said just a moment ago, the media are imposing a fatalistic countdown toward May 4th. Countdowns always generate uncertainty. And where does uncertainty lead in this case? Confrontation, possibly. The media are playing at apocalypse in order to create a bloodbath that would legitimize the famous referendum. But even as we approach the fatal date, the apocalypse becomes ever more dispersed.
The surest bet is that May 4th will be a spectacle, with a display of ballot boxes, election judges, armed gangs…but, will there be voters? Diverse voices in
But let’s not deny the Civic Committee members the benefit of the doubt. It’s possible that the referendum will be a success and the autonomists will have their victory. In this case, the question that a citizen should ask is, what will happen starting on May 5th? Is it true that
Amid so much confusion, we can linger a bit over a few certainties. This referendum goes against the Political Constitution of the State and is not recognized by the
Sergio Cáceres is a Bolivian journalist
Republished from Machetera