Crescent Cruz

The referendum has stripped two myths that there are about Bolivia. One of them is that most of the departments and across the Crescent are against the Government, and the other is that autonomy is a demand only for the oligarchy because this has not permeated the camba people. Evo won all 5 Western departments. In 4 departments of the Media Luna Si won in Pando, nearly tied in Tarija and was only very defeated in Beni and Santa Cruz. There is, therefore, a consensus in these 4 departments to achieve a frontal opposition to the Government, and even less for a joint separation. Adding to Beni with Santa Cruz however, there were 413,000 votes no and only 275,000 Yes to Evo. A large mass that believes in autonomy, which the Government and the left can not ignore this evidence. This, however, does not show that all or a majority of the electorate was willing to divide Bolivia, although we do have a social base susceptible to hear separatist schemes, which could advance if La Paz messes up.

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