Bolivia: regime targets Chapare for eradication

Chapare

Bolivia’s National Council to Combat Illicit Drug Trafficking (CONALTID) has issued a new strategy paper calling for changes¬†to the country’s General Coca Law that would allow eradication operations throughout the Chapare region in the eastern lowlands. The change would overturn¬†a reform of the law made under Evo Morales that permitted coca cultivation for the legal domestic market throughout most of Chapare. ¬†The¬†CONALTID¬†strategy asserts that¬†91% of Chapare coca production is being diverted to the illicit market. (P√°gina Siete, March 10) In announcing the policy change,¬†Defense Minister Fernando L√≥pez issued a stern warning to the inhabitants of the Chapare: “We are not playing, we are ready for anything.” (P√°gina Siete, Feb. 14)¬†Chapare, a heartland of support for the ousted Morales, has been a de facto autonomous zone outside the control of La Paz since last year’s coup d’etat.

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