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Mon Dec 23, 2019, 02:43 AM

Bolivia is latest successful U.S.-backed coup in Latin America

By Mint Press News Last updated Nov 13, 2019

By Alan Macleod / MintPress News

Bolivian President Evo Morales “resigned” at gunpoint Sunday, after army generals publicly demanded his resignation, despite convincingly winning re-election just three weeks ago.

The preceding 21 days were filled with fractious demonstrations and counter-protests from Morales’ supporters and opponents. On October 20, Morales had secured enough votes to win the election outright in the first round without the need for a run-off against his closest challenger, Carlos Mesa. However, Mesa cried fraud, citing supposed irregularities in the vote-counting procedure, claiming Morales did not receive the requisite vote share to ensure his victory. The Organization of American States (OAS) and the U.S. government repeated this claim, although neither group provided evidence of fraud. Morales invited the OAS to audit the election as he was confident of its veracity. Indeed, a report by the Washington-based Center for Economic Policy Research found that the vote totals were “consistent” with those announced, finding no irregularities whatsoever. Despite this, the local U.S.-backed opposition went on the attack.

Right wing rampage

On Saturday, veteran political scientists Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashadwarned that “a coup is brewing against the elected government” of Bolivia, expressing their concern at the “fascistic” violence percolating throughout the country. In Santa Cruz, a stronghold of the wealthy white elite who oppose Morales, the office of the electoral authority was burned down. Meanwhile, in Vinto, opposition groups kidnapped local mayor Patricia Arce, cut her hair off and painted her body red, publicly dragging her through the streets and abusing her, forcing her to commit to leaving office.

Victor Borda, President of Bolivia’s Chamber of Deputies, was also forced to resign after coup forces attacked his house and kidnapped his brother.

As soon as Morales stepped down, the police, who had refused to serve his government, ordered his arrest and vandals ransacked his house. Meanwhile, the conservative opposition joyously burned the flag of Bolivia’s indigenous people (a majority of the country’s population), in the clear hopes that the coup would mark a return to rule by the white elite who had been in power since the time of the Conquistadors.


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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 23, 2019, 04:25 AM

1. Evo Cheated Its A Fact

Bolivians didnt want a dictator.

Deal with it.

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Response to DanieRains (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 23, 2019, 05:28 AM

2. White right-wing "Bolivians" don't want ANY indigenous President of Bolivia, as we ALL know. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 28, 2019, 11:21 PM

3. That doesn't change the fact that Morales cheated,

and violated the Bolivian Constitution.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2019, 09:58 PM

4. Apropos of nothing ..

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and I'm sure this tactic was unique to Venezuela. Not against Evo Morales in Bolivia or other Central American governments...

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Response to LessAspin (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 31, 2019, 01:04 AM

5. Superb articles, so much worth the time reading them.

They are totally consistent the truth which is hard to find until it is actively sought through research, and not thrown in their face by corporate media, rationing out its predictable programmed perception molding official "news" on Latin America.

Each article is excellent.

The article discussing the New York Times is written by a highly respected writer on Latin America, a recognized authority read widely by serious people. The publication, The Nation, carrying the article was also the important, distinguished progressive source which published writing by Charles Horman, who was tortured and murdered by Pinochet's government in Chile, along with a photojournalist, Frank Terrugi.

The New York Times had 3 reporters at the first, pounding out their anti-Chavez poison from the very first, until it appeared they were obviously doing propaganda, and someone outed their Francisco Toro as simultaneously working for an anti-Chavez NGO in Caracas which was heavily funded by U.S. taxpayers' hard-earned wages. He wrote his resignation letter and tore outta there, and set up his constant anti-progressive attacks through the Caracas Chronicle for Slate. The other two reporters are Juan Forero, who left and started working for the Washington Post, which has always been anti-Chavez, anti-progressive Latin America, and Simon Romero.

As you undoubtedly notice repeatedly, it's ALWAYS the progressive journalists who get murdered, never the conservatives! Right-wing "journalists" have always been completely safe everywhere, living to be very old if they don't die of alcoholism first, like Christopher Hitchens.

So glad to stash away the two articles for personal future use. They are so welcome here. Thank you, very much.

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