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Tue Nov 12, 2019, 07:18 PM

Trump Declares Support for Coup in Bolivia

Post on: November 12, 2019 Ana Rivera
Donald Trump welcomes the coup d’état in Bolivia and urges similar events to take place in Venezuela and Nicaragua. Hands off Bolivia and Latin America!

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In a White House statement on November 11, President Donald Trump declared that the resignation of Evo Morales (orchestrated by the Bolivian bourgeoisie and military and legitimized by the Organization of American States, OAS) was “a significant moment for democracy in the Western Hemisphere.” In addition, he stated that “the United States applauds the Bolivian people for demanding freedom and the Bolivian Army for protecting the Constitution,” and that “these events send a strong signal to the illegitimate regimes of Venezuela and Nicaragua.”

Since the general election on October 20, Bolivia has been shaken by a sharp polarization between a mounting right-wing opposition that accuses Morales of fraud on one side, and popular sectors that support the president or oppose the coup on the other. Last week, there were police uprisings in almost all major cities, giving the green light to growing right-wing mobilizations. In a press conference on Sunday, Bolivia’s armed forces endorsed a coup that had been developing since the general elections, forcing Evo Morales to resign a few hours later.

Trump’s statement shows the U.S. government’s intention to support puppet governments that serve its interests in the region. After the failed attempt to make Juan Guaidó president of Venezuela (a move which was supported by the Democratic Party, including members of the progressive wing), the United States is now seeking to legitimize a coup in Bolivia, one that is carried out by a racist bourgeoisie, the Catholic Church, and the military.

While neither Trump nor the OAS condemn the brutal repression, murder, torture, and humiliation by Piñera’s government in Chile, they are presenting themselves as the champions of democracy and freedom in Bolivia. Far from being interested in democracy, however, the leader of the Bolivian oligarchy, Fernando Camacho, and his henchmen are spearheading a program of social and political persecution aimed at the MAS party, labor activists, and the indigenous population. Earlier this week, Camacho sent Morales a Bible along with a resignation letter; during a demonstration in support of the coup, attendees burned a whipala, the flag of the Andean nation. The reactionary forces behind Morales’ ouster have a clearly racist and reactionary agenda for the country.


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Wed Nov 13, 2019, 07:37 PM

2. Sounds like some of the posts here on DU. n/t

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Thu Nov 14, 2019, 12:46 AM

3. Local activists press McGovern to denounce Bolivia coup

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Published: 11/13/2019 11:53:46 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Squeezing shoulder-to-shoulder into a tiny conference room in their U.S. congressman’s office Wednesday, a group of activists had a primary demand for Rep. Jim McGovern: Denounce the recent coup in Bolivia.

“There are some really reactionary, violent and racist people who are in the opposition,” Kevin Young, a University of Massachusetts Amherst history professor who studies Bolivia, told McGovern’s district representative.

Young noted that there are also Bolivians on the political left who have been protesting against recently deposed leftist President Evo Morales, the country’s first-ever indigenous leader. “There is a layer of complexity … That complexity doesn’t negate the fact that it is a coup.”

McGovern, D-Northampton, appeared to have prepared for the activists’ arrival at his office. As his district representative, Koby Gardner-Levine, held his cellphone in the air, McGovern read to the 14 activists — over speakerphone — what he was about to tweet.


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