Luis Fernando Camacho: Media Presence and Public Sentiment
Public sentiment towards Luis Fernando Camacho in Bolivia appears to suggest that he is a polarizing figure. Many in Bolivia accuse him of being racist and a Fascist. Meanwhile, others offer unwavering support for his attempts to build a new Bolivia.
Luis Fernando Camacho: Media Presence
- The El Deber newspaper ran an article on 17 December 2019 referring to a proposed to run with Marco Pumari, president of the Potosinist Civic Committee (Comcipo). On 11 December 2019, the newspaper ran an article covering the meeting between Mr. Camacho and the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro.
- The Page Seven newspaper mentioned Mr. Camacho in an article on 17 December 2019 which referred to the proposed joint run with Mr. Pumari. On the same day there was also an article covering the appointment of Mr. Camacho's ex-bodyguard to the telecommunication company Entel, and a former executive of a company owned by Mr. Camacho's family was appointed to direct the tax administration of Bolivia.
- El Diablo ran an article on 13 December 2019 in which supporters of Evo Morales interrupted an "Inter-American Dialogue" meeting on three occasions. The protesters shouted "No to the blow", Camacho killer," and "Camacho facista."
- Eju.tv published an article on 15 December 2019 on its website examining the political structure of Mr. Camacho's candidacy. The station also published an article on 14 December 2019, in which the Cortez hotel denied recording meetings at its facilities unless explicitly request by clients. This is in response to an alleged statement from Mr. Camacho to a journalist that it recorded a meeting between him and Mr. Pumari.
- Prensa Latina published an article on 18 December 2019, which reported on the filing of charges in Argentinian courts against Mr. Camacho and other politicians by the Permanent Assembly for Human Rights.
- Telesur published an article on 11 November 2019, in which Mr. Camacho's personal and family ties to the far right discourse was examined. The headline of the article likened Mr. Camacho to the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro.
- Time Magazine profiled Mr. Camacho on 15 November 2019, when it published an article exploring how Mr. Camacho rose to prominence in Bolivian politics.
- On 26 November 2019, the Guardian considered if Bolivia is turning into a right-wing dictatorship when the article referenced two incidents in which the military killed indigenous persons protesting the ousting of the former president, Evo Morales, were killed by the military.
Social Media Presence
- Mr. Camacho maintains a presence on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Created in May 2019, the Twitter profile has 199 likes for 453 tweets. Mr. Camacho follows 122 profiles, has 167,000 persons on Twitter, and last tweeted on 12 December 2019.
- On Facebook Mr. Camacho's profile has 410,728 likes persons and has 465,668 persons following. The last post on the profile was on 13 December 2019.
- Mr. Camacho's Instagram profile has 603 posts, and the last post was on 18 December 2019. There are 137,000 followers and the profile is following 1,143 other profiles.
- In an interview for the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA), Bolivian anthropologist Raul Rodriguez Arancibia attributes Mr. Morales creating Mr. Camacho from his denial of the severity of the push back to the possibility of a fourth term from him. Mr. Arancibia noted in the interview that Mr. Camacho's overtures to the indigenous community appear to be working. There is a meme with Mr. Camacho hugging an indigenous woman with a caption inviting the handsome non-indigenous man to discriminate against them.
- A feminist from Cochabamba expressed the fear that the change in power brought in religious extremists who were anti-woman and racist. Sentiment about Mr. Camacho being a racist is prevalent on account of his activities with the ultra-right -wing Unión Juvenil Cruceñista, that physically assaulted low-income and Indigenous people during the gas conflict in 2003.
- On Mr. Camacho's Instagram profile one post from a follower has an image of Mr. Camacho on his knees with a bible in front of him on a flag of Bolivia. The post praised Mr. Camacho for uniting Bolivia, but many responses complained about bringing the church and state together. A response to another post praising Mr. Camacho on Instagram called him a fascist and racist. There are 467 posts with Mr. Camacho's name and a hashtag on Instagram.
- References to Mr. Camacho on Twitter range from persons calling him a Fascist, to a belief that he just wants to be president of Santa Cruz, not Bolivia, to persons thanking him for building a new Bolivia, to those pledging their support for him as president.
- On Facebook posts range from persons offering their support for the new Bolivia, to those calling Mr. Camacho to account for previous allegations of domestic violence, lying about running for the presidency, and using his relationship with the Civic Committee in Santa Cruz as a political platform.
To determine the media presence of Mr. Luis Fernando Camacho, the strategy of the research team was to provide a sample of mentions in the media Bolivia, Latin America, and internationally. This is in addition to a review of the subject's social media profiles and engagement statistics for those profiles, where available. This strategy resulted in a search that unearthed sources in the local media, such as El Deber, regional publications, such as Telesur, and international publications such as Time magazine. The strategy also led to information on Mr. Camacho's social media presence on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. To determine public sentiment towards Mr. Camacho, the research team accessed information from the publications mentioned above, such as Al Jazeera and Time magazine and from posts using the hashtag and Mr. Camacho's name.