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Posted: 1/21/2006 12:44:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/21/2006 12:46:50 PM EDT by jkstexas2001]
He appears to be an evil person, the same as Hugo Chavez. South America is going down the drain.


Morales seeks blessing in Indian temple
He'll ask Andean gods for guidance on the eve of his inauguration

TIAWANACU, Bolivia (AP) -- In the ancient temple of a lost civilization far from the Government Palace, a barefoot Evo Morales will ask Andean gods for help and guidance Saturday on the eve of his inauguration as Bolivia's first Indian president.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to converge on the archaeological remains of the Tiawanacu civilization that flourished around 5,000 B.C. near the shores of Lake Titicaca, 65 kilometers (40 miles) outside of La Paz.

There, Morales, a U.S. critic who won by a landslide on a leftist platform, will be blessed by Indian priests who consider themselves inheritors of this pre-Incan culture, which had no written language and disappeared mysteriously.

Morales will walk onto the Akapana pyramid, put on a red tunic with gold and black detail, and accept a baton from the priests that symbolizes his Indian leadership. Morales will then walk alone and barefoot into the Kalasasaya temple before coming out of the entrance to greet the crowd.

Then it's party time in the city of Tiawanacu, which prepared a cake, made from the local grain quinoa, large enough to feed 40,000 people. The decoration features Morales' face and the sacred Andean peak Illimani.

Back in La Paz, where dozens of presidents and dignitaries are expected to witness the inauguration, the highway leading from the airport has swarmed with workers hanging Bolivian flags, filling potholes, covering graffiti and repainting lanes. Roughly 10,000 volunteers joined a downtown cleanup, polishing statues and scraping off ubiquitous campaign posters.

During Sunday's official inauguration, Morales will follow a more modern tradition. He'll be saluted with full military honors outside the Congress, and draped with the bejeweled medals worn by all presidents.

But the former coca growers' union leader also arranged his own touch: Along with 8,000 police guarding the streets will be crowds of miners volunteering additional protection to Morales in a gesture of solidarity.

And it's not just the men in miner's hats giving the swearing-in ceremony a proletarian feel -- surrounded by dignitaries and heads of state dressed in suits and ties, Morales himself plans to wear something more casual -- although exactly what hasn't been revealed.

"Most Bolivians don't wear a tie and I'm part of this majority," said Morales, who has been both applauded and criticized for wearing the same striped sweater to meet presidents and royalty on his preinaugural world tour. "It would bother me, it's so tight around your neck I would feel like I was being hung."

Many Bolivians also wonder if their new leader will make the traditional sign of the cross while being sworn in, or take the oath more rebelliously, with a raised fist, as his ally Edmundo Novillo, the new president of the house of deputies, did just days ago. The raised fist here can symbolize atheist beliefs or the leftist struggle.

A critic of U.S. foreign policy and close ally of Cuba's Fidel Castro and Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, Morales has promised to fight corruption, and improve the lives of the poor Indian majority by securing more profits from Bolivia's natural resources, including its vast natural gas reserves.

But he's also softened his rhetoric since his election victory, and said he even had a positive meeting with the U.S. Ambassador David Greenlee. "He told us it's time to flip the page to have good relations," Morales told the Associated Press Friday. "He said we have to keep fighting drug trafficking and we'll keep supporting that work."

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Link Posted: 1/21/2006 12:46:39 PM EDT

Whats next, human sacrafice....
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 12:47:46 PM EDT
His heroes are Castro and Hugo Chavez, so you are likely right.
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 1:05:59 PM EDT
Did you leave out the part were he is going to legalize cocaine?
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 1:07:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jkstexas2001:
His heroes are Castro and Hugo Chavez, so you are likely right.

Such fun.

Link Posted: 1/21/2006 2:06:40 PM EDT
I wonder how long it will take before we see even greater numbers of Bolivians looking for a better life up north.

Link Posted: 1/21/2006 7:18:14 PM EDT
bump for the night crew
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 7:28:51 PM EDT
Does this make anyone else think of Revelations?
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