By Abel Prieto
Aymara leader Túpac Katari formed an army of around forty thousand men to confront the colonialist forces of Spain and came to encircle the city of La Paz in 1781. In November of that same year, betrayed by some of his followers, he was captured by the Spanish.
A judge condemned him to be “dismembered” with the same barbaric method used to execute Tupac Amaru II, that is, four horses would pull him by his limbs until he dismembered him.
The sentence, really anthological, states: “Neither the King nor the State should be left seed or race of this or all Tupac Amaru or Tupac Katari for the much noise that this damn name has made among the natives … Because, otherwise , there would be a perpetual ferment.”
Today the coup d’etat against President Evo Morales was finally consumed. A very painful, bitter day for Our America. The plan to ignore the foreseeable victory of Evo and destabilize the country began to be prepared long before the elections and had the early sponsorship of the Empire. Pompeo already has congratulated the OAS for its complicity with the coup plotters. Fascism is already celebrating its victory in Bolivia while continuing to persecute government officials, members of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, supporters of MAS, leaders of indigenous and popular movements, simple men and women socially or ethnically “suspicious.”
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Paradoxically, one of the most noted coup plotters presents himself as a kind of Messiah and uses the Bible and the figures of Christ and the Virgin to call hate, racism, violence. This is not new: the election campaign of the fascist-messianic Bolsonaro received decisive support from reactionary evangelical churches.
Another paradox: the oligarchy has hit men, “guarimberos” and paramilitaries from sectors benefited by Evo’s social policies. We are presented again with the sad spectacle of the “poor of the right” (in this case of the “ultra-right”) that is deceived by the media and populist discourses. People who should feel gratitude to Evo become pawns of vociferous Hitlers of pacotilla.
Comandante Chávez liked to repeat the prophecy that (with different variants) is attributed to Túpac Katari when he was sentenced to death more than two hundred years ago: “They can kill me, but I will return made millions.” It was an indirect response to his judge, which, as we saw, aspired that Katari would not leave any trace on the face of the earth.
Evo, as Aymara as Katari, with his nobility and foolproof ethical sense, with his generous dedication to the people, with the extraordinary results of his work, is leaving (no matter whom it may sting) “a perpetual ferment” in Bolivia, in our America, in the worthy people of this world. And he will return, surely, “made millions.”
November 10, 2019
Translated by JRE/EF
Abel Prieto Jiménez (born 11 November 1950) is a Cuban politician. Abelito, as he was called as a child, is the son of Abel Prieto, a Cuban educator who for several years pre and post Castro ran a preparatory school on Pinar Del Rio. From 1997 to 2012 and from 2016 to the present he has served as Minister of culture. In March 2012 he was appointed as advisor to Cuban President Raul Castro.