Revolutionary Plot In Bolivia Uncovered

Morales was the target of a plot that included independence for Santa Cruz

Prosecutors in Bolivia have charged 39 people in a revolutionary plot to kill Socialist president Evo Morales and declare independence for breakaway province Santa Cruz.

The BBC reports that the most prominent officials in the plot include business leader Branco Marinkovic, who is former head of the opposition Civic Committee of Santa Cruz and currently in exile in the US, and the retired General Gary Prado, who led the unit that captured and killed the Argentine-born guerrilla leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara.

General Gary Prado, who led the military unit that captured and killed Che Guevara, is named in the plot.

Prosecutors say they have e-mail evidence linking the accused to three European mercenaries killed by police during an April 16, 2009 raid in Santa Cruz that were suspected of being behind a previous dynamite attack on the home of Roman Catholic Cardinal Julio Terrazas, reports the BBC.

The three men in the group were Irishman Michael Dwyer, Romanian Arpad Magyarosi, and ringleader Eduardo Rosa Flores, 49, a Bolivian-Hungarian who lead a paramilitary group during the war for Croatian independence of the 1990s.

Irishman Michael Dwyer was killed in an April 2009 police raid in Santa Cruz.

Two others, Mario Francisco Tasik Astorga, 58, another veteran of the Croatian war, and Elot Toaso, a Hungarian computer expert, were also arrested.

17 of the accused are living outside of Bolivia, and all of them say the charges are politically motivated.

Marinkovic denied any ties to the group. “I am persecuted by the Bolivian government and forced to live outside my beloved Bolivia because in my country my life is in danger. There are no guarantees I would get a fair trial,” he said from America.

General Prado scoffed at charges of his involvement with the revolutionary plot. “It seems laughable that a general with my career history would put himself under the orders of a mercenary,” he said.

6 comments

  • What a pity the Revolution it didn’t work. Viva La Raza Blanca en Santa Cruz viva.

  • If the socialist kill General Gary Prado, I’m gonna make a shirt with his picture on it hailing him as a hero. On the back will be a pitcure of the momment that, “Che the executioner” was crying for his life. One day Che will be exposed for the executions he committed. I wish all the Che lovers would wear his shirt and visit certain parts of Miami.

  • Jebwood Greenhill III

    ‘Viva La Raza Blanca en Santa Cruz’

    In case anyone doesn’t understand elementary Spanish this means Long live the White Race in Santa Cruz, a statement which tells you prety much everything you really need to know about what happened in eastern bolivia between 2006 and 2009.
    I am a white European, a bit like Dwyer, I suppose, who lived in Santa Cruz through the first years of the Morales administration. The first thing to say is that this is dictatorship, just the removal from positions of power of the rich and self-entitled (see Marinkovic).
    What I witnessed there was a social democratic government propelled forwards at the permsission of a massive people’s smovement (kind of what the Tea OParty would be if it actuall was what it said it was and wasn’t just a means for the rich to control the stupid and the scared) – a socially liberal, egalitarian and actually in a lot of ways, anti-federalist entity (with one of their main drives, contrary to the copious cod-cold war propaganda we witness, the granting of regional and even sub-regional, local autonomies, to as many communities as they could shake a stick at).
    The Santa Cruz government refused to allow the National government to implement communal autonomies and insisted the only have one level of autonomy, Prefectural, which allowed the white millionaire class in Santa Cruz and the East to maintain control over their regions and the gas fields therein, much as before.
    In Santa Cruz, where the problem originated, the issue was different, as it became in Tarija – the reason for this is that there are large gas reserves (though less than believed at the time) under these provinces and so the US, seeing Bolivia as its property; its backyard, became extremely sensitive to any notion of the nationalisation of natural resources, which set them, predictably, on a collision course with Morales’ MAS government as this had been a hugely popular Morales campaign pledge. Approval in percentage somewhere in the 90s, I recall. This was such a popular move, playing into the patriotism of all Bolivians from the revolutionary left to the nationalist/facist right that noone, not even Ruben Costas, opposed it aloud. I was in Santa Cruz when it happened and it was cheered in the streets of Santa Cruz by youths wearing the same green and white that was soon to become an emblem of the extra-democratic ballot riging and rightwing terror campaigns to which this article refers.
    So the long and short of it, as this is going on too long, is that once Morales nationalised the gas and the US under Cheney had decided he had to go and once the threatened ruling class in the east of the country had teamed up with those propounding US energy interests, a massive media campaign ensued in Santa Cruz along with the streamlining of opposition groups, the assimilation of the fascist right into the mainstream of the opposition and a 2 massive public campaigns to bring the government down.
    The first, called Dos Tercios, was constructed around the lie that the government needed 2/3 of every vote in the constitutional assembly to pass each part of the new constitution. That they did not do this (as Morales showed them when he summoned all the opposition leaders to La Paz and, in a moment of PR genius,read the extant Bolivian constitution to them live on TV. They also had copies in front of them should they wish to complain. It showed them in black and white that he was acting within the law. He asked if anyone had a problem and one stood up ands said they didn’t like what he was doing. They didn’t LIKE it. He said ‘so what’. Ruben Costas said not a single word until he touched down in Santa Cruz and told the media that he had just experienced ‘dictatorship’. His cowardice and duplicity was, frankly, embarassing.
    The next campaign, modelled on other Stae Dept and DoD campaigns in latin america, was the Autonomía campaign which followed hot on its heels. Taking a long standing grudge against colonial governments based 100s of miles away in La Paz, this utilised racial and class warfare (the aggression of the white middle class and lower middle class against the largely indigenous and poor) in Santa Cruz under the aegis of democracy and liberty.
    This is where our Irish civilian contractor comes in. An idiotic young man looking for adventure.
    To see in detail the stuff that went on through this period the best thing I could do would be to recomment the website upsidedownworld with its Bolivia section.
    It contains first hand accounts of lots of the political scheming and the street violence that went on there.
    Viva La Raza Blanca, indeed….or should that be ‘DE-MO-CRACIA!’?
    I don’t think half of them even know the difference.

  • Native Americans lost the race war the first time around by trying to befriend white Europeans and getting stabbed in the back and almost genocide. Now their population has regrown thanks to high birth rates for Natives and low birth rates for whites and becoming a majority again they know now not the give white euros a chance the second time around. No mercy! Go Native Americans as you deserve “at least” one country to your self

  • Seamus Mac Giolla Bhrighde

    There is a spectre haunting Bolivia, Marxist/Socialism. Bolivia is a prime example of the inevitability of Socialism. As for the privileged and wealthy of Bolivia, whom made their wealth on the backs of the indigenous Bolivian people and it’s resources and whom would like nothing better than to keep that economic system in place, abolish private property and throw the bastards out!!!!!

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