Storm clouds still
darken the horizon
All's quiet on the eastern front here in Santa Cruz this morning, but big problems still loom in thebackground.
As of this moment two large contingents of pro-MAS campesinos are still intending to march on the city of Santa Cruz. We will track this situation, and update the weblog when we get further information.
Also, we should have stressed more in our previous posting that the agreement announced Tuesday night is a preliminary accord, with the details to be worked out in meetings that will begin today in Cochabamba. And, as always, the devil is in the details.
Adding to the tension in Cochabamba is the expected arrival there today of a contingent of tin miners. These are a particularly rabid group of MAS supporters, known for being rock 'em, sock 'em guys. They like to toss sticks of dynamite around as they march, as if they were firecrackers.
In any event the mood of euphoria that prevailed yesterday, when the newspaper El Deber was suggesting that September 16 might become a hallowed day in the Bolivian calendar because of the "peace agreement," has largely evaporated.
Further bulletins as they are received.
This weblog was created to provide a fuller and more accurate picture of the current situation in Bolivia. Our principal effort to try to pull things together and place them in proper perspective is the penultimate post below, titled "Main Story."