However, it seems as though Cuellar is finally getting a dose of shame about the company she keeps. Up to now she has been clearly advocating the “NO” vote in next month’s contitutional referendum. Just last month she signed a joint declaration with other rebel prefects that called on people to vote against the new constitution on January 25th, even though said document gives autonomy to Bolivia’s departments….exactly what the usurpers have been ostensibly demanding (the reality was “no indios in power”, but let’s not worry about that too much). But yesterday, Cuellar showed that she was breaking away from her masters by saying, “Every person must vote according to their own conscience. I have not instructed anyone to vote “NO”.”
This obvious lie is welcome, of course, but the backtracking must have a reason. Perhaps she’s finally got the dose of guilt that would have come sooner or later. Perhaps it’s realpolitik to appease angry constituents that have accused her of selling out on many occasions. Perhaps she just realizes the blatantly obvious; the “YES” vote is a sure-fire win on Jan 25th and she doesn’t want to be painted as on the losing side. Perhaps perhaps perhaps. But whatever it is, she has just opened up an almighty crack within the racist alliance already in its death throes.