Okay, so it’s in the past now and the protests are over, but it’s worth pointing out that the same day that the family of his erstwhile VP were being whipped, stoned and driven out from their house partly for their association with him, Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada was a keynote speaker at a Harvard Business School symposium on Latin America entitled, ‘Today, We Build The Future’.
Yup, you can crash your country’s economy, preside over the massacre of dozens of people AND have an appeal for your extradition outstanding, and the bright young things of Harvard will still be flocking to hear your wisdom! Meanwhile back in Bolivia, the campaign to bring Goni to justice grinds on and the lingering resentment over his administration’s corruption, disastrous economic policies and heavy-handed repression is still enough to provoke outright attacks like that carried out against the Cárdenas family.
The title of his talk? ‘Recovering Stability In Times of Crisis: The Perspective of a Leader’. I haven’t laughed so much since Pompeii!
‘Well, estimados amigos mios, once you’ve provoked the crisis by adhering slavishly to IMF policies which exacerbate poverty in your country, and selling off everything that was there to sell, what I recommend is that you order the army to kill a load of unarmed people and then skip the country after having emptied out the Treasury. Leave some other poor sap to try to clear up your mess, and settle down to a life of leisure in Virginia! Also, don’t even worry about going back and facing a trial: if you insist loud enough that the Bolivian justice system won’t treat you fairly, your old college buddies in the US won’t make you. That’s how I keep things stable, personally’.
Or to quote someone else:
‘If there is a government in the USA which fights against terrorism and corruption and which defends human rights and democracy, it should expel the murderer and delinquent Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada as soon as possible’