Friday, August 06, 2010

From the truth is stranger than fiction section: Bolivia from Klaus Barbie to Evo Morales

Magnus Linklater documents in his extensively researched book "The Fourth Reich: Klaus Barbie and the Neo-Fascist connection", which is based on interviews and on the ground research in South America, how Barbie and Italian right wing terrorist Stefano Delle Chiaie were instrumental in setting up the coup in Bolivia that lead to the installation of the ultra-violent Garcia Meza government, also known as the 'cocaine coup' due to its relationship with drug lords.

From Wikipedia: "Indeed, some 1,000 people are estimated to have been killed by the Bolivian army and security forces in only 13 months. The administration's chief repressor was the Minister of Interior, Colonel Luis Arce, who cautioned that all Bolivians who may be opposed to the new order should "walk around with their written will under their arms."

Now think of this, a country has gone from having Klaus Barbie, an SS member and higher up in the Gestapo hierarchy who escaped to South America from Europe following World War II, as one of the powers behind the throne to having an indigenous socialist leader. Quite a transformation.

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