In its race to reach the Casa Rosadathe president of the PRO, Patricia Bullrich, tours Argentina, puts together his team and his campaign and, in addition, he appears with international figures that gives clues about the type of administration that he could lead from Balcarce 50 and its possible impact in Latin America. This Monday, for example, he participated in a conference organized by the Inter-American Institute for Democracy (IID) of the United States at the invitation of its director, Jose Carlos Sanchez Berzaina former Bolivian minister who is dealing with Justice for having led the massacre that went down in history as the Gas War.
El Zorro, as the native lawyer from the department of Cochabamba is known for his ability to escape from the Judiciary, his intelligence and his ability to plan from the State, is one of the most responsible for Black October. At the beginning of this century, the Bolivian government ordered the export of Bolivian gas through the ports and gas plants of Chile, a decision that generated the rejection of the poorest masses of the country and exalted the nationalism heir to the War of the Pacific. , when the neighboring country -in a military conflict that took place between 1879 and 1883- snatched the exit to the Pacific Ocean from La Paz. From that decision, the Andean country changed forever.
Faced with the social upheaval in a country that was experiencing constant instability, the Government -under the orders of Berzain- ordered the mobilization of the Army from the city of El Alto to distribute gas and food in different cities that were suffering from shortages caused by the marches and the roadblocks. On October 13, the Armed Forces entered the largest city in the country, where they were repudiated by the local population. The response was fierce: helicopters attacked the roofs of houses from above, 67 people were killed – including a five-year-old boy – and more than 400 were injured. On the 17th the situation was uncontainable for the ruling party and Goni -the president- submitted his resignation before taking refuge in the United States, where he, like his former minister, evaded Bolivian justice.
In one of his last messages as president, he said: “It is very possible that in Bolivia they take power in an undemocratic way and that they transform the country into a kind of Afghanistan that exports cocaine.” Two years later he won the elections, with a record 53% of the vote, the coca grower leader Evo Morales, a countryman of Berzain himself and the ex-minister’s greatest enemy. From then on, from the Palacio Quemado, the historic leader of the Movimiento Al Socialismo (MAS) nationalized natural resources -among them gas- and built a government narrative that finds foundational stones in the Gas and Water War (2000). . For his part, Zorro dedicated himself to denouncing the now ex-president as a “Castro-Communist dictator”, writing a dozen books on Latin American analysis with a clear right-wing look, and dodging his country’s Justice, which still wants him to pay for their crimes.
The confluence with Bullrich is not random. Since he managed to reach multiple instances of power, as to the presidencies of the United States, Brazil, Italy and England, the right promotes the confluence and pooling of its forces through international forums and regional organizations. The call to unite national experiences is no longer only for progressivism and the left. One of his most important mentors is Steve Bannonthe ex-president’s former campaign manager donald trump. For this reason, during his speech, Bullrich called to “make a counterpower to the Puebla Group and help those countries and governments that experience the worst dictatorships on the continent.” The president of the PRO made reference to the conclave of the left that was to be held in Buenos Aires in solidarity with the Argentine Vice President, Cristina Kirchnerrecently sentenced to prison.
From the United States, Berzain is also a promoter of this type of ideas to fight against the regimes of Nicaragua, Cuba and Venezuela -among others-, which he calls to fight and overthrow even by violent means. Through his weekly columns on the portal infobaeZorro promotes a parliamentary system of government in Latin America and the dollarization of the economy “to strengthen democracy”, but says nothing about the criminal cases against him and his direct responsibility for the death of dozens of people during the beginning of the Bolivian century.
“Lawyer and political scientist”, says his journalistic firm that avoids mentioning that in 2008 he was sentenced in the first instance for “extrajudicial executions” in a case in which he awaits the final decision of the North American Justice, after it refused to extradite him to Bolivia. where he was also convicted of the same crimes.
Since the inability of the Argentine government to stop and reverse the economic crisisto define candidacies after the resignation of Cristina Kirchner and to correct their internal differences, Patricia Bullrich is betting on becoming president in the 2023 elections and building, after the electoral defeat of the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonarothe beacon of the regional right against Latin American progressivism, where Berzain would find a new space of influence and support to continue escaping his judicial responsibilities.
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