Wave that separatist flag while you can, Rubén…because someone is closing in on you and your bed-buddies:
Translation mine.Note the close and cozy ties between the Comité and the current prefect of Santa Cruz. Note, also, the very close and inordinately cozy ties between them and Branko, not to mention large cattle ranchers (the same ones who, you might recall, are suspected or have been found guilty of enslaving the indigenous people whose land they stole for their own private property. Yes, Ron Larson, I’m looking at you. And your pretty-boy son, too.)Anyone who doesn’t see blatant racism and conspiracy at work here had better get new glasses. They’re trying to cover their butts now, which is as good as an admission of guilt. But it won’t wash. This bunch aren’t even subtle about where they come from, remember?
The big-business lobby group, Comité Pro Santa Cruz (CPSCZ) called on Tuesday night for a “Cruceñidad Assembly” to close ranks around the prefect of Santa Cruz, Rubén Costas, the Croatian-born businessman Branko Marinkovic, and the cattle rancher Guido Náyar, who have been summoned to appear before public prosecutor Marcelo Soza, who is investigating the financial ties of a group of European and local mercenaries who planned assassinations and the geographic fragmentation of Bolivia.[…]The CPSCZ, which serves as an umbrella to various businesses and “civil” organizations in Santa Cruz, whose vice-president is Náyar, a former minister of the ex-dictator and ex-president Hugo Banzer (1971-78 and 1997-2001, respectively), also called upon its members to “reject the conspiracy being hatched [by the government in La Paz] against the leadership in Santa Cruz,” according to current CPSCZ president Luís Nuñez.Nuñez, who is the successor to Branko Marinkovic and also Rubén Costas in that position, also decried a campaign “against the civic movement and against the autonomists on the part of the central government,” alluding to Soza’s investigations.