Luis Arce gets entangled with Peru in dramatic hours

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The Bolivian president backed the intense protests against the Peruvian government. “We do not recognize the current government and we support our brothers who are fighting against the dictatorship of Dina Boluarte,” said the president, which provoked a harsh response from Congress in Lima

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Humberto Vacaflor GanamFrom La Paz, Bolivia

Luis Arce gets entangled with Peru in dramatic hours

Luis Arce Catacora, Bolivian President (Reuters)

Bolivian President Luis Arce decided to break his silence on the Peruvian conflict by calling the government of Dina Boluarte a dictatorship, causing that country's representative Ernesto Bustamante to propose that the Peruvian army take control of Bolivian territory.

If the Peruvian government followed the recommendations of representative Bustamante and sent its army to occupy Bolivia, it would be the second time that this happened, after 200 years.

In 1828, the Peruvian president Agustín Gamarra entered Bolivia with his army to annex its territory to that of Peru, but in 1841 he was defeated and executed in Ingavi by Bolivian President José Ballivián.

Twenty years remained before the components of the coca leaf were separated and cocaine was discovered, of which the two countries are now producers in a secret and prohibited alliance, but which have a strong presence in politics.

Arce had not been mentioned by the Peruvian government in its repeated denunciations of the meddling of former President Evo Morales in the internal politics of that country, but now he decided to side with of the revolt that has caused more than 50 deaths.

Luis Arce gets involved with Peru in dramatic hours

Protest in Lima (Reuters)

According to the Lima newspaper Expreso, the Deputy Bustamente, from the Fuerza Popular party, said: “Peru must give the Bolivian government an ultimatum to stop material and financial support for terrorists in our country.”

If that did not serve to curb Bolivian support for the rioters in Peru, adds the deputy, “the Peruvian army has the power to enter Bolivian territory and then precautionarily occupy natural resources that guarantee reparation.” , says Expreso.

Arce, very estranged from the cocalero Morales, his mentor, on the anniversary of the MAS coming to power, made several allusions to the conflict Peruvian. “We do not recognize the current government and we support our brothers who are fighting against the dictatorship of Dina Boluarte.”

And he went further: “We have the Peruvian people in a fight for recovering their democracy and also for recovering the right to elect a government that represents them”. Then he launched criticism of the “Bolsonarism” of Brazil.

The border of the two countries has been closed since January 4, which slows down intense commercial activity, especially between La Paz, El Alto and southern Peru, so the silence that Arce had maintained until now seemed like a cautious attitude. and even intelligent.

Luis Arce entangles with Peru in dramatic hours

Blockade of the border between Peru and Bolivia in Desaguadero (Reuters)

There are legal and illegal activities flowing across the border, but which are now paralyzed, which affects the altiplanic region, where El Alto is a supply point for companies from both countries and from northern Chile.

Almost all the oil from Santa Cruz soybeans are sold in Peru from a refining plant installed in El Alto and, in turn, almost all the gold that is exploited in the Peruvian Amazon region, as well as cocaine sulfate from the VRAEM.

The city that began as a satellite of La Paz is now an active commercial center where Peruvian gold, which is produced by illegal mining, is traded and re-exported, and the “base paste” they produce is also converted there into cocaine hydrochloride. the narco-terrorists of Sendero Luminoso.

And there are the hundreds of Bolivian peasants who live by smuggling bottles of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to Peru, where they sell them earning four times the Bolivian price, and they have left the crops they had next to Titicaca.

In return, almost all the vegetables consumed in La Paz and El Alto come from southern Peru, as well as fish meat and shellfish from the Humboldt Current.

Now, the Peruvian authorities have decided to ship LPG from the Pisco plant to the southern port of Matarani to counter shortages caused by the border closure.

The ports of Matarani and Ilo, which serve Bolivian foreign trade, are now out of service, forcing Bolivian businessmen and carriers to use Chilean ports, where everything is more expensive. 

In addition, around 300 heavy-duty trucks are v plowed at the border, hoping to cross into Peru with legal products, especially from Santa Cruz, another region harmed by the actions of the Taliban in the Andes.

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