On Falling Walls
Beatrice E. Rangel
On November, the 9th the world celebrated 30 years without the Berlin Wall. And while the event marked the start of Germany’s reunification it also created the conditions for the disintegration of other countries including Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia. The event came as Paul Valery would have described it with the quiet pace of the doves not with the thunder of cannons .
The Wall that was the symbol of oppression and denial of progress was brought down in less than two days by a civic society that took advantage of the mistake made by Gunther Schadbowski a leader of the Socialist Unity party (SED) a ruling party at the German Democratic Republic ( East Germany) . Mr Schadbowski indicated at a press conference that relocation -as the communist regime defined unification- could take place immediately. This was mistakenly said at 7:00 p.m. local Berlin on November the 9th 1989.
By noon November the 10th the only remaining parts of the wall where those saved by the government of West Germany to keep in museums as tribute to the determination of a civic society that brought the wall down without firing a single bullet. Fast forward to 21st century Latin America to feel disillusioned with the state of affairs.
Everywhere in the region civic societies have risen to fight dictatorships and to demand change in Chile, the single developed nation South of the Rio Grande. In Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela and most recently in Bolivia civic society is fighting to regain freedom. And the response has been armed violence on the part of governments that do not seem to care about human rights violations.
Worse these countries have armed criminal gangs to deal with peaceful protesting students, religious and intellectual leaders and members of original nations. Chile is a world apart from the rest of the continent as its government dealt with the most destructive and gang penetrated mobs with democratic means . And the contrast in the behavior of the Chilean democracy and the felonious communism of the rest of the region is seen in TV and smart phone screens is about to produce yet another wall to fall. This time in Bolivia
Up to the last two weeks Bolivia was the land of beautiful Llamas and Vicunas. A peaceful country that enshrines large Lithium reserves and holds the entry gate to the Amazonian rainforests. But its government indulged in two mortal mistakes. First the order to initiate the land clearing in the Amazonian rain forest triggered the worst fire to have been endured by the Amazonian Basin. Second, under the inquisitive eye of smart phones an electoral fraud was perpetrated. The world saw thousands of boxes with votes inside being carried to private homes and exchanged for others that had been haphazardly prepared to undo an electoral defeat. And defeat there was.
Mr Morales, the current president who was opting for reelection was facing eight other rivals. Perhaps because the people of Bolivia had participated in a referendum that denied Mr Morales another term they favored Mr Carlos Mesa a former President who according to polls would defeat Morales in a runoff. Morales thus executed the fraud plans so that there would not be any runoff. Today he is presiding over a paralyzed country. Seven of the nine provinces of Bolivia are participating in a national stoppage to last until Mr. Morales either accepts to go to a runoff o resigns.
In Bolivia the wall of democratic legitimacy collapsed for Evo Morales. And this could spell profound change for the rest of the hemisphere because without the operational base in Bolivia, Castro and Maduro will face difficulties to intervene in Chile. Drug production will suffer and with it the revenue string for organized crime which most likely find budgetary restrains in supporting the Maduro regime. In the end, the beginning of the fall of the totalitarian wall could be ongoing in Bolivia.
In Argentina yet another wall is about to collapse. Mr Fernandez is attempting to revive the axis of evil established by Hugo Chavez, Innacio Lula Da Silva and Fidel Castro. He thus launched the Puebla Group. Unfortunately for Mr Fernandez the Group will most likely crash on departure. Mr Fernandez is attempting to revive the axis of evil He will also lack the funding provided by oil prices at $104 level that Chavez enjoyed. Argentina will thus represent yet another hole in the wall of tyranny.
Published by LAHT.com on Monday, November 11th, 2019
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Beatrice Rangel is President & CEO of the AMLA Consulting Group, which provides growth and partnership opportunities in US and Hispanic markets. AMLA identifies the best potential partner for businesses which are eager to exploit the growing buying power of the US Hispanic market and for US Corporations seeking to find investment partners in Latin America. Previously, she was Chief of Staff for Venezuela President Carlos Andres Perez as well as Chief Strategist for the Cisneros Group of Companies.For her work throughout Latin America, Rangel has been honored with the Order of Merit of May from Argentina, the Condor of the Andes Order from Bolivia, the Bernardo O’Higgins Order by Chile, the Order of Boyaca from Colombia, and the National Order of Jose Matías Delgado from El Salvador.