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The Fall of Bolivian Democracy

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November 7: Opposition leader Luis Fernando Camacho delivers a resignation letter for Morales to sign.

November 9: Police mutiny in major cities across the nation. The military announces it will not confront protesters.

November 10: The OAS releases preliminary findings, casting doubt on the results. Morales calls for a new election. General Williams Kaliman calls on Morales to resign to restore order. Morales complies but describes the events as a coup. Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera and other officials also resign.

November 11: Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard calls for an emergency meeting of the OAS. Morales accepts Mexico's offer of asylum. President Donald Trump applauds Morales' resignation and sends a signal to "illegitimate regimes" in Venezuela and Nicaragua.

November 12: Morales arrives in Mexico City and vows to continue the struggle. Religious extremist and opposition leader Jeanine Anez declares herself interim president and calls for new elections.

November 23: Interim President Anez signs bill calling for a new election in which Morales will not be allowed to participate. Interior Minister Arturo Murillo vows to imprison Morales for terrorism and sedition.

Those are the events leading to current state of affairs. What has come to light since then is that the OAS had no objective reason to announce its grave misgivings about the election results. The pause in the announced vote tally was neither unusual nor suspicious and the gradual increase of Morales' margin of victory was a function of geography.

In other words, the provocative actions of the OAS revealed a hidden agenda that was in no way justified by the facts. The suspicion now is that there was a conspiracy involving the OAS, American mining interests and the Bolivian military. The power behind the coup is very likely the United States of America. We provide 60% of the OAS budget and exert powerful influence on that organization.

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