Bolivian Government Promises 30 Years in Jail for Prefect Leopoldo Fernández
Luigino Bracci Roa – Yvke Mundial, Erbol, ABI
Monday, September 15, 2008. 8:21 a.m.
La Paz. – On Sunday the Executive Branch made it clear that it will not negotiate over the deaths from the Pando massacre, nor the responsibility of its material authors, and confirmed, in alluding to the Prefect of Pando, Leopoldo Fernández, that “murderers are not valid interlocutors.”
The Vice President of the Republic, Álvaro García Linera, and the Vice Minister for Coordination with Social Movements, Sacha Llorenti, both made this clear this Sunday at the Palacio Quemado, prior to meetings with the Prefect of Tarija, Mario Cossío, who brought the position of his brethren grouped in the so-called Democratic National Council (Conalde).
“The Government is not going to negotiate the deaths, the Government is not going to negotiate the criminal responsibility of those who perpetrated the massacre, the killers. This is a separate point, it will not enter into the meeting,” García Linera assured emphatically. He indicated that at a table for dialogue with the opposition prefects, the criminal would be differentiated from claims, affirming that departmental autonomy and the redistribution of resources from the Direct Tax on Hydrocarbons would be part of the dialogue. Continue reading