In countries like Venezuela and Bolivia, where popular power grows deeper every day, politicians, like any other citizens, are arrested.
This is something to be proud of. It leaves Brazil red-faced, however, because unlike others it tends to arrest innocent poor people and keave bankers, judges, business magnates and political criminals alone.
The case of Bolivian senator Roger Pinto Molina is emblematic. Despite his power and influence, he was duly tried and convicted of various accusations, ranging from irregular sale of public lands, misappropriation of public funds, and lobbying for illegal bingo and casino extablishments, to murder: He is accused of playing a role in the Pando massacre of 2008.
He is the very model of a modern latifúndio … and Pando is his personal fiefdom, with vast land-holdings. It is currently in the hands of an ally of Morales, and has been bombarded with information warfare as a result.
It is not clear,however, that Pinto has been convicted of multiple crimes, as the paragraph above seems to suggest.
The visual, above, by La Razón., accompanies a story titled “The legal proceedings thatMolina. will face” — read on, it is next in the translation queue.
Molina claims to be politically persecuted, but the Bolivian government considers him a common criminal convicted of stealing public funds.
Our editorialist continues:
But just look what happened: the scourge of impunity, based on class affinities with the masters of Brazil, has crossed our borders to perpetrate a coup against the rule of law and international diplomacy.
The action, orchestrated by the powerful Brazillian right, was able to make a diplomat do its bidding, placing legitimate assets of the Brazilian state at the service of this criminal enterprise.
The Maluf Analogy
When in doubt, break out a Maluf analogy!
To give you a notion of how absurd this is, take a situation analogous to this one. Let us suppose that our judiciary convicts Paulo Maluf, who manages to take refuge in the U.S. embassy. Now imagine the indignation in the event embassy officials, acting in a clandestine manner, sent Maluf to the United States.
None of this plan was accidental: The warm welcome at the border, the voyage in a private jet, or the Bolivian’s first media appearance on Globo News … .Globo is a cornerstone of the Millenium Insititute, political arm of the cartel of the most conservative strain in the Brazilian media.
Millenium is “talking head” factory in the tradition of Cato and Heritage.
This is the same Globo that hid R$ 600 million from the tax authorities.
The principal on that funky loan was much less — the R$ 600 million value includes fines and penalties extrapolated from facts that emerged from a journalistic records search for Globo financials.
It is the same Globothat supported the dictatorship over a period 20 years. Which campaigned to elect the corrupt Collor and release the criminal Daniel Dantas.
Which insisted on presenting football hooligans arrested in Bolívia as innocent victims merely in order to produce a diplomatic crisis and sell the false image of Bolivian “dictatorship” — nobody is buying it.
And which then has temporary memory loss when the same hooligans are caught fighting in the stadium again.
This time, Globo has miscalculated. Everything was ready for a grand mise-en-scéne, in which the Globo-DEM-PSDB alliance and the more reactionary factions of the PMDB would welcome the convicted Bolivian thief to the Senate where he would receive an ovation, by the conservative right.
What Globo did not ount on, however, is that public opinion no longer follows published opinion, as Rafael Correa would say. The Braziian people immediately smelled a set-up and refused to buy into this shoiddy defense of a corrupt politician.
All that remained for the decadent bourgeois press to do was resort to its army of “talking heads,” columnists and academic allies in order to chew the issue over with their customary prejudice and xenophobia.
There is no shortage of opinions based on the supposedly inevitable roles of dominance and submssion in diplomatic and commercial relations between nations, making it very clear that Bolivia’s position in relation to Brazil is one of “insignificance” — as a USP “intellectual” labeled Bolivia.
As it happens, those who admit of no other types of relations in international relations (subjugation-obedience) know full well where Brazil would fit in in its international relations with more powerful nations, according to its warped mental paradigm.
Paraphrasing Chico Buarque, those who speak harshly with Bolivia make nice with the United States. Perhaps Freud and Theresa Berkley can explain it.
In a dishonest conjuring trick, they say that the policy of respect for and the equality of Bolivian sovereignty is nothing more than a sign of cowardice or an ideological choice. They cannot stand the dignified symmetry in relations among nations.
The truth be told, they could never swallow and indigenous leader as the head of state. Prejudice. Pure and simple. Class hatred … against a perople that decided to stand up a fight the centuries of domination Ignorance of the multicultural riches of our neighboring country.
Bolivian has been the vanguard in the preservation of native and ancestral cultures, respect for the environment, and the seriousness and firmness with which he has protected his country’s natural resources, and taken the first steps toward a classless society.
It seems that Brazil has much to learn from Bolivia.
Learning from Bolivia: The Who and What of Pinto Molino and Pandomonium
The foreign ministry confirmed the escape of Senator Roger Pinto of Bolivia to Brazil,while the prime miniserm Juan Ramón Quintana, says he believes the incident will affect bilaterial relations, though prudence is recommended.
The Morales government says it was surprised by the flight of Roger Pinto to Brazi and that the episode will affect bilateral relations. He added, however, that Bolivia will resort to various mechanisms of international law, given its belief that the opposition Senator is currently a fugitive from justice. Interpol was notified of the case.
Bolivian foreign relations said in a note that Pinto fled Bolivia in the direction of Brazil. “We soon established contect with the Brazilian foreign service, the ministry of of foreign relations of the plurinational state of Bolivia …, Bolivian public opinions have heard that Pinto Molina fled the country to seek refuge in iBrazil”, according to part of a statement broadcast by the state agency ABI.
Ministry of the Presidency Juan Ramón Quintana, in an interview with the broadcaster Fides, said thar Morales and the Government are surprised at the Senator’s escape, after his having spent 15 months in the Brazilian legation in La Paz awaiting a safe-conduct that would allow him to leave Bolivia for Brazil and apply for poliitcal asylum conceded by theRousseff government.
News of the Senator’s flight started circulating yesterday, when he was already at the Brazilian frontier. Information is that he arrived by land, then flew and aircraft fromCorumbá to Brasília. He is said to have had a military escort.
Quintana believed that the affiar will affect bilateral relations. “Of course they affect them, but there is no need to exaggerate,” according to the source previouly cited regarding bilateral relations.
“With Brazil, we will have to be very judicious, because it is Roger Pinto in the middle of the commercial dynamic of two or three billion dollars. Roger Pinto is a breath of fresh air,” Quintana insisted, even as he said there was surprise at all levelsofgovernment. “The President is naturally surprised as are our vice-president Álvaro García)o and each of our cabinet ministers”.
The Foreign Office said in its communiqué that La Paz would take the necessary steps now that the opposition legislator is a fugitive. “’Leaving the country makes Pinto a fugitive from Bolivian justice, and for that reason we have taken all appropriate legal measures, including international law, ranging from international law to bilateral agreements, as well as Bolivian law,” the communication said.
President of the foreign relations committee in the Brazilian federal senate,Ricardo Ferraco escorted Roger Pinto upon his arrival by plane in Brasília. According to the Reuters news service, the news site G1 quotedFerraco saying that Pinto left La Paz in a diplomatic car, accordingto the ABI news agency.
The minister of Governance, Carlos Romero, explained in an interview with stat-owned media that Pinto is a fugitive. “He has obviously let the country illegally, with crimiina cases pending against him …
Romero argues that the international police (Interpol) should take part in the hunt for Pinto Molina and detain the Pandonian Senator when he is found.
Hay la sentencia correspondiente, el arraigo y sobre todo el desplazamiento a un país vecino sin acreditar el registro oficial de salida del Estado boliviano, obviamente corresponde que Interpol accione y para eso, a través de la Policía Boliviana se ha notificado a Interpol”.
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