Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina: Fascist Insurgencies Underway in South America
Following the Dec. 28 arrest of Luis Fernando Camacho, the governor of Bolivia’s Santa Cruz department, the neo-Nazi apparatus which the governor and his allies control in the region went on a violent rampage, attacking government buildings and agencies, injuring and torturing government employees, burning vehicles, and issuing hit lists of “traitors to Santa Cruz”.
Camacho was arrested on charges of “terrorism and conspiracy” related to the November 2019 coup that ousted then-President Evo Morales, and in which he was a central player. His backers, however, portray him as an innocent victim of political persecution by the “authoritarian dictatorship” of current President President Luis Arce. Camacho openly advocates separating Santa Cruz, which produces 70% of all food consumed in the country, and is responsible for about 40% of national GDP, from Bolivia.
To grasp what is playing out in Bolivia, one needs to see the bigger picture in all of South America. On Jan. 1, Brazil’s new President Lula da Silva was inaugurated, raising the hopes of many of the region’s countries of reviving the policies of regional integration and cooperation which former President Jair Bolsonaro had squashed. That would include the building of a transcontinental railroad between the port of Ilo in Peru and the port of Santos in Brazil, which would cross Bolivia. The project was discussed by President Arce during his bilateral meeting with Lula on the sidelines of the latter’s inauguration ceremony. On that same occasion, Arce met Russian Senator Valentina Matviyenko, Speaker of the Federation Council, who was optimistic about the possibility of Bolivia joining the “BRICS-Plus” grouping.
Lula also intends to join Argentina’s President Fernandez in the fight for regional economic development, and to support that country’s membership in the BRICS. Such plans are anathema to the international financial elites, who are seeking geopolitical violence and economic warfare to stop them. They include promoting left-right polarization in all of South America, including Peru, where the London-directed narco-terrorist apparatus linked to the ousted President Pedro Castillo is plunging the country into chaos and violence.
But Brazil is key at this point. Which explains why hundreds of supporters of Bolsonaro stormed government buildings in Brasilia on Jan. 8, and are attempting to mount an insurrection nation-wide. Such “freedom fighters” are supported, if not organized, by the intelligence apparatus in the United States associated with right-wing extremist Steve Bannon. Lula has already halted the privatization of Brazil’s state companies, including oil giant Petrobras, and is planning to expand relations with China, which is already Brazil’s largest trading partner.