In the city hall of Villa Tunari, one of the damp little towns in the Chaparé, MAS party mayor Feliciano Mamani takes a break from meetings to explain the politics of the Chaparé.
"The drug war is a political fight.It's about dismantling our union organizations," says Mamani
, who came up through the ranks with Evo
."First they called us communists, then they called us narco-traffickers, now they call us terrorists."
To emphasize his
point Mamani rolls up his
pants to reveal his
dented and blackened shin, where he
took a canister of police tear gas five years ago.The wound exposed his
bone and remained open and weeping until recently.As he
explains the story of his
injury, a gray Huey helicopter sweeps low and loud overhead.