January 03, 2005

In South America: More of the same

LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Peruvian police and troops on Monday launched an offensive to retake a police station in a southern Andean town and end a three-day siege by ex-soldiers demanding the resignation of unpopular President Alejandro Toledo.

Oh, those crazy sudamericanos... up to their same ol' rebel tricks again...(right?)

Sorta, yes, but sorta no.

As good ol' (Alberto) Giordano reminds us,

There are two recent historic parallels: One in Mexico, the other in Venezuela... And history, again, as a New Year begins, knocks on the door of our América...

It was 11-years-ago to the date that the indigenous Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN, in its Spanish initials) uncloaked in Chiapas, Mexico, offering the first resistance to centralized global economic powers on the first day that the North American Free Trade Agreement was to take effect and begin the systematic looting of Mexico's natural and human wealth.

And the military officer Humala's announcement that he will surrender, so quickly into the revolt, is reminiscent of the day in 1992 when a young military officer in Venezuela named Hugo Chavez turned himself in after a similar revolt, telling the TV cameras that he was retreating, "por ahora..." ("for now...")

The Andes are are a-changin' mis amigos...

Posted by Kyer at January 3, 2005 07:35 PM