Opinion: None of democracy’s basic elements survive in Bolivia and Nicaragua

The difference between democracy and dictatorship is not semantics, it is about abysmal oppositions that structure two completely antagonistic forms of life and government.

By Carlos Sánchez Berzain

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) Governments, democratic leaders, the international community and some media continue to describe Nicaragua and Bolivia as struggling democracies, highlighting the "electoral crisis" in Nicaragua and the "justice crisis" in Bolivia to disguise symptoms of what are in fact Cuban and Venezuelan types of dictatorships.

None of the "basic elements of democracy" survive in Bolivia and Nicaragua, these are countries with dozens of political prisoners, thousands of exiles and totalitarian rulers. They are not democracies in crisis, they are dictatorships and it is time they were described and addressed as such . . .

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