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"Resignation" of Bolivia's Evo Morales was a US Sponsored Coup

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RESIGNATION OF BOLIVIA'S EVO MORALES WAS NO VICTORY FOR DEMOCRACY, BUT A US-SPONSORED COUP

Evo Morales, an indigenous leader who bucked the IMF and condemned US imperialism, has been pressured by the military to resign after winning an election. Yet Washington calls this blatant coup in Bolivia a victory for democracy?

Morales was re-elected as Bolivia's president on October 20. The coup-backing Organization of American States (OAS) wasn't pleased and went ahead interfering in a sovereign nation - as the US itself does so well - issuing a report that the vote result wasn't satisfactory to their desires.The heavy funding from the US surely has no influence on OAS policies?

In any case, on November 10, President Morales first announced a new election. Later that day, he announced his resignation, naming as reason the recent brutality of Bolivia's right-wing opposition, including "kidnapping and mistreating" families of indigenous leaders and burning down the homes of public officials.

I resign from my position as president so that (Carlos) Mesa and (Luis Fernando) Camacho do not continue to persecute socialist leaders.

Morales was clear that his move was solely due to the violence incited opposition leaders. However, it soon became clear that this was a coup, not a resignation.

Former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff tweeted her solidarity with the "legitimate president of Bolivia [Evo Morales] who was deposed by a military coup, had his house raided by the police and suffered an illegal arrest warrant. A very serious attack on democracy in Latin America and violence against the Bolivian people."

Another Brazilian ex-president, Lula, likewise declared the "stepping down" a coup. And even before the events of November 10, Argentina's Cristina Kirchner foresaw there would be pressure to force Morales out of office,as did Venezuela's President Nicola's Maduro.

As most readers know, this is not the first US-backed coup in Latin America. Washington's history of meddling in sovereign nations stretching back many decades. But let's look at how Bolivia changed under Morales' leadership.

Poverty, unemployment and illiteracy all decreased significantly under Morales. In fact, according to a report by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), Bolivia's was the "fastest-growing" economy in South America, having "basically been stagnant for a quarter century prior to Morales becoming president in 2006." To do so, however, "the Bolivian government ended 20 years of IMF agreements in 2006," the same CEPR report notes. Furthermore, expelling US military bases, threatening to close the US embassy in Bolivia, and nationalizing the oil and gas industries haven't done much to put him in the good graces of 'democracy-bringers'.

After all, with America's lust to 'democratize' the world and steal precious resources in the process, nationalizing a country's goods really mucks up Washington's dirty plans. It doesn't help that Bolivia has $2.3 billion worth of contracts to develop its lithium deposits with China, not the US.

Who benefits from Bolivia losing Morales as president? Not the Bolivian people, that's for certain. In fact, some predict Bolivia's future could be very dire under the rule of a US puppet.

"My sin is being a union leader, indigenous. We are giving up so that my brothers do not continue to be kicked," Morales said, when submitting his forced resignation.

This statement poignantly demonstrates the racism and utter lack of concern by the US for the people of Bolivia. Concerned citizens around the world are holding rallies in solidarity with Bolivia's elected President and against yet another US-backed coup of a sovereign nation.

"He is now in hiding with his Indigenous Nation, and the death squads have issued an arrest warrant for him," analyst Laith Marouf noted. "Know now that if they kill him claiming he resisted arrest, or that he committed suicide; that it was an assassination in the land that saw the assassination of Che Guevara."

As events unfold in Bolivia, it's important to keep in mind the possible frightening outcomes. Anything is possible when US imperial interests are at stake.

 

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As to be expected this story is buried in the mainstream media. What is reported is that Morales "ran away"---the only thing they left out was that he was "whimpering and crying as he fled from justice". Most of the stupefied US public will believe it. Propaganda, junk food and junk culture has made them numb to reality.

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false"...William Casey, CIA director.

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I respect your point of view and the facts you have used to make your argument, but ultimately, I just don't believe this was a "US Sponsored coup." Sure, there are right wingers who are glad, but the real impetus came from the Bolivian people. Morales just went too far.


The facts will emerge, and yes: although you may be seeing more of the US hand in that nation's politics in the coming days, you can't call it a US sponsored coup, like you could accurately maintain about Guaido and Venezuela's opposition to Maduro.

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It is always a US-sponsored coup because nobody else has the power and interest to do it. The US is the evil of the world.

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10 times out of 11.

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Try again. There are plenty of connections between the US and the coup plotters.

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It was probably the "moderate rebels"!

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Google: "School of the Americas" (Fort Benning, GA) and careers of some of their graduates.

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I don't believe you have all the story unless you are a CIA-spawned capitalist, Stephen. More fact, IMO, will alter your thoughts.

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Stephen, please read Lois Gagnon's link.

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What do you imply "Venezuela's opposition to Maduro. You aren't in NM.

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Not in New Mexico? I have been here for almost all of the past 50 years. You really need to get your facts straight.


I was one of Maduro's biggest fans even from before he was elected. By the way, he was one of only two heads of state to endorse Bernie in 2016. I wrote to him several times and encouraged him in the vast consumer protection realm, as well as asked him to personally ask other heads of state with whom he had rapport to also endorse Bernie Sanders.


Simply put, to try to answer one of your questions, the US lavished praise, money, and support on Guaido and his band, and it went nowhere.

However, because I doubt that there was any huge malevolent hand of the US behind these recent events in Bolivia hardly makes me a "CIA spawned capitalist." That would be a rather deranged and illogical train of thought. Or do you just like to insult people whose views differ from yours?


Have you read the current Atlantic article about Morales going too far?


I truly wish him well. It is not the first time a great leader has to go into exile, and it won't be the last. Remember Patrice Lumumba?


As to US involvement, we can learn more in the coming weeks. I think we should RESERVE JUDGEMENT. What Evo has to say and what he does next is vitally important


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Sorry, but I wrote I was a big fan of Maduro in the comment above; I meant to say Morales.

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Thanks again, for telling truth to ignorant folks, Eva,

I know you and where you have served us.

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