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Bolivia: the 21st century coup d'État and its crimes against humanity
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After the coup d’état, repression is advancing by leaps and bounds in Bolivia. The dictatorship persecutes the “narco-traffickers”, “vandals” and “terrorists”, that is to say: the social movements, former members of the government, peasants and indigenous people who demonstrate and are assassinated by the army (35 dead and more than 800 wounded). The de facto government criminalizes international human rights observation missions, the ombudsman’s office and even journalists, calling them “digital warriors” or “computer terrorists”. In so doing, it seeks to bury the truth under a mountain of false accusations.



Ultimatum to democracy, parade of neo-fascism


Since the October 20 elections, Bolivia has been going through a political crisis that is far from over. In the framework of an electoral process that received special attention from the international media, the vice-president of the Electoral Tribunal resigned for obscure reasons, casting a shadow of suspicion over Evo Morales’ victory by 47.08% of the votes cast. A difference of 10% (648,180 votes) over former right-wing president and candidate Carlos Mesa was enough to win the elections in the first round.

In fact, Mesa did not wait for the results to denounce what for him was an advertised fraud: he had been predicting it for months. Self-fulfilled prophecy or flight forward? Meanwhile, billionaire Fernando Camacho, whose name appears on the “Panamanian Papers” and who had lost a lucrative market share in his gas distribution contracts when Evo Morales arrived in government in 2006 and decided to nationalize the hydrocarbons to renegotiate the contracts, announced a 48-hour deadline for Evo to resign.

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It was in that context when the violence of the opposition was unleashed with an unknown fury: the departmental electoral tribunals and headquarters of the MAS burned, their representatives such as the mayor of Vinto in Cochabamba Patricia Arce, the former vice minister of interculturalism Feliciano Vegamonte were lynched and assaulted….but also the directors of media such as Bolivia TV and CSUTCB Radio (Confederación Sindical de Trabajadores Campesinos), José Aramayo, the latter being tied to a tree, giving rise to a scene more typical of the medieval Inquisition.

The president of the chamber of deputies Víctor Borda resigned after denouncing the burning of his house and the kidnapping and aggression in his home of his brother, lawyer Marco Antonio Borda, by members of the “Civic Committee of Potosí”. Days later, his brother made public a video addressed to international organizations, while he was recovering in a hospital bed. In it, he denounced that “apparently there were orders to attempt against my life to ask for the resignation of my brother (…) If the President had not resigned, my life would have been in danger”. Mining Minister César Navarro also resigned after the fire at his home in Potosí and the attempt to hang his nephew. The same script is meticulously applied by criminals acting under the cover of so-called “civic committees”, financed by Fernando Camacho. Everything fits: Camacho himself unscrupulously threatened those who resisted the coup, saying that he had prepared a black list of “traitors” in a “Pablo Escobar style”.


Interlude masterfully played by the OAS, score written by Washington


With a view to the October 19 elections, Bolivia had implemented all the recommendations of the Organization of American States (OAS) regarding the improvement of the electoral process. Several meetings had taken place between the government of Evo Morales and Secretary Almagro. It was necessary to ensure the much-desired “transparency” and “credibility” in the face of the usual suspicions directed towards governments considered “populist”. The rapid-counting system called TREP was part of that reassuring mechanism… But that supposed life jacket turned out to be a spearhead. The gear of media manipulation was lubricated to perfection by attempting to erase the traditional recount in a country where the rural and indigenous vote has historically been favorable to MAS.

The former vice president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) Antonio Costas, who resigned from his post, did not do so because he questioned the functioning of the TREP quick count, which he considered positive because it “generates a lot of trust and discourages fraud. However, he believed that “the process could be interrupted by a hacking” of a concurrent company of the audit. After verification by Costas and the TSE, the TREP data after the stop detected as a hack was the same. Because, when they gave the first report “the advance was very strong, with around 10%”. According to Costas, “the data was not modified”: “The OAS engineers were with the TSE all the time at the time of the TREP transmission, taking photographs of the advance very closely and the TSE had an advance until 22h of almost 94%, but we had suspended the information at 83%. It was the knowledge of the OAS that the development from 83 to 94 % in a reasonable period with 380 operators transmitting the information”. There was also no violence during election day: “more than 200 observers have certified the tranquility of the day”.

The president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), María Eugenia Choque, clarified that the TREP “was suspended in order to avoid confusion with the result of the departmental computer system”. The official assured that they decided to suspend this system because the departmental courts started with the official computation and the TES could not “have two results working at the same time. According to Chancellor Diego Pary, “there was no interruption in the TREP,” but the official count replaced it. But “at the request of the observation missions, the TREP count was restarted 24 hours later. A new trend was unveiled, incorporating votes from more remote regions of the country.

The coup d’état in Bolivia has brought to light the double game of the OAS. It immediately announced, even before the final results were known, that the electoral process was not credible. The U.S. State Department was quick to assert that “the United States strongly supports the October 23 OAS observation report, which reveals a number of irregularities that need to be corrected. Thus it made clear to the “free world” what was the position of the world gendarme towards the Bolivian electoral process.

Evo Morales’ government then accepted his proposal to send an audit mission. But candidate Mesa rejected the OAS mission, fanning the flames. The coordinator of the OAS electoral audit even had to resign to give credibility to the report, as he was the author of a series of articles against the Morales government! Yet Evo accepted his replacement and pledged to make the result binding. Finally, the OAS audit’s preliminary communiqué on the electoral process arrived a week later, two days ahead of schedule. It was not surprising that it denounced irregularities. President Evo accepted new elections. But Mesa and Camacho rejected them. Despite President Evo’s announcement that he would respect the conclusions of the OAS report and allow new elections, the opposition followed its coup strategy. Its objective was precise: to force Evo out, to persecute masism and thus put an end to a collective historical subject.

Shortly before his resignation speech, Evo Morales acknowledged that the OAS had made “a political and not a technical report”. Having overcome another coup attempt shortly after becoming president in 2006, Evo’s government could have prepared for that eventuality. Wikileaks’ revelaton of confidential cables could have even helped anticipate the modus operandi. On August 21, 2009, Hillary Clinton asked her embassy in La Paz: how prepared is the opposition to use violence if necessary? Do you have any plans to counter security forces for defensive or offensive purposes? In another cable on September 10, 2009, Hillary insisted, “Do opposition leaders or groups plan to protest or demonstrate if they suspect election fraud? Do they have a plan to abstain from voting or attempt to commit fraud?

In contrast to the speed with which the OAS issued its first incendiary communiqué, the final report arrived with great delay almost a month later, on December 4. In response, a hundred international experts have demanded that “it withdraw misleading statements about the elections, which have contributed to the political conflict and have served as one of the ‘justifications’ most used to consummate the military coup”. Given this precedent, as well as recent examples of OAS interference in the cases of Nicaragua and Venezuela, it will be necessary for the people to draw their own conclusions. After the coup in Bolivia, what country will take the OAS seriously, enabling it to issue certificates of democracy?


Media war at its peak


Against the backdrop of a properly mediatized suspicion of fraud, violence took on increasing dimensions, although it was tolerated. After being singled out as government supporters, journalists and public service media workers were attacked, humiliated and prevented from working. The police seemed not to act after the opposition came to meet them and convinced them to join the coup. It was probably prepared in advance. The mutiny of police forces in Cochabamba and other departments was duly staged and mediatized by banners announcing “We don’t want dialogue, all together for democracy!” and others visualizing a rude caricature of President Evo hanging face up from his private parts. The psychological and media warfare reached its peak when fear seized masism, as the criminal attacks of the opposition counted on the passivity of the police forces and the army barracks. With their help, an authentic strategy of terror could be carried out: members of the government were threatened, kidnapped, their private homes burned with impunity, and they ended up resigning their positions under the pressure of reprisals against their families.


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To the left, Cochabamba police riot greeted by civilians equipped with helmets, truncheons and artisanal rocket launchers (photo: France 24).
To the right, children’s illustrations broadcast on social networks by the Cruceña Youth Union, aimed at disguising violence.


In those moments, with the betrayal of the security forces, the destiny of plurinational Bolivia was at stake. It was the event that tipped the balance in favor of a coup strategy conceived as a set of combined forces. An opposition whose sole purpose was to sabotage democracy. Its objective? Allowing once again the plundering of national wealth and preventing the industrial development of Bolivia from its significant reserves of lithium. The military command entered the scene: it “suggested” to President Morales that he resign the presidency for the good of the country. On November 10, Evo Morales was forced to resign in order to end the violence of the opposition and avoid a bloodbath. Significantly, the shock groups or motorcyclists went out to celebrate the arrival of what they consider democracy… many of them still hooded!

Once the coup was consummated, those same forces went out to repress without any qualms those who resisted, whom private sector media described as “mobs“, “vandals,” or “radicals. Contrary to the idea that one could get a “dictatorship” installed 14 years ago, the private press combined with the use of social networks played a crucial role in justifying the coup d’etat through a propaganda campaign in which the role of the victim and the aggressor was inverted and President Evo Morales demonized. In what tyrannical regime could the media have become so open and free on the side of coup sectors?

It’s time to call the facts by name. Neofascist groups played a decisive role in this real coup. A privileged place was reserved for them, favouring the organisation of armed militias acting in cooperation with the police forces. Groups like the Unión Juvenil Cruceñista, defined by the International Federation of Human Rights as a “fascist paramilitary group”. On November 25, its members occupied the headquarters of the Santa Cruz Federation of Peasant Workers’ Unions to burn their equipment and documentation. In Bolivia, the thugs and the military are now making their own rules. It is impossible to imagine in the current context any kind of “transition” without continuing the bloodshed.



Imputing the Massacres to the victims themselves


On Friday, November 15, a march of peasants from the 6 Federations of the Tropic of Cochabamba was on the Huayllani bridge, from Sacaba to Cochabamba. This strategic place of connection with the capital of the department was the object of an important security forces deployment to prevent the coca growers of the Chapare from entering the city. The result was a bloody massacre that resulted in 9 deaths and dozens of wounded. Through videos recorded by the peasants themselves, the excessive use of chemical weapons could be evidenced. In addition, several testimonies evidenced the use of military weapons used by soldiers from helicopters flying over the place. On the same day, Jeanine Añez had signed decree 4078 allowing the Armed Forces to use military weapons without further responsibility, with the aim of neutralizing the social movements in favor of Evo Morales. This document also specified that all public and private entities of the State should provide support to the Military Forces. The media and social networks inoculated in people’s minds the crazy idea that the marchers had shot each other to attract attention, and that the government’s repression was justified to “pacify the country” after the coup.

In Senkata, El Alto, a new massacre took place that the private sector media justified as a sort of “preventive attack,” using the idea that the demonstrators, presented as “terrorists,” would have sought to provoke an explosion of the gas plant that would have made the city of El Alto disappear.


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De facto President Añez spared no resources in presenting the aggressor as a victim and vice versa: “we never thought of attacking, we were being attacked (…) from the Army (…) no bullets were fired (…) There was information from experts telling us that if a flame ignites in Senkata, all of El Alto can fly. Those who conceived this trope reached the pinnacle in the art of propaganda. However, contrary to the lie repeated a thousand times that the army did not shoot “not a single bullet,” different testimonies affirm that the mortal victims were targeted from helicopters.

During its observation mission, the IACHR (Inter-American Commission on Human Rights), which is not suspected of bias in favor of Evo’s government, collected numerous testimonies of the Sacaba and Senkata massacres and denounced that currently there is “no guarantee of the independence of the judiciary” in Bolivia. In response, on December 6, the self-proclaimed president approved the “supreme decree 4100” with the aim of compensating the families of the 35 dead and hundreds injured by the repression she herself ordered. The price to buy their silence? 50,000 bolivianos, just over 7,000 dollars. A fully-fledged “blackmail” for the spokespersons of the victims, who have already announced their willingness to take the case to the United Nations. Immediately a group of spokespersons replied: “We don’t want your money, it’s blackmail”. The silence of the victims is not bought. The IACHR declared its concern at the decree, for including a clause that would make it impossible for victims to appeal to international bodies to claim their rights. This would represent a violation of the commitments undertaken when ratifying the Rome Statute, in particular the principle of non-applicability of statutory limitations in the matter of crimes against humanity.



Frenetic political-judicial persecution



The persecution, arbitrary detentions and death threats against those responsible for the dismissed government and their families are increasing day by day. The same pattern used to achieve the coup remains active until the dictatorship’s goal of ending all resistance to the coup is achieved. This is how anyone who can be used as a scapegoat to launder their crimes continues to be preventively detained.

In recent weeks, the Bolivian Ombudsman’s Office, which confines itself to carrying out an assessment of human rights and counting the victims, has been harassed and its workers were prevented from carrying out their work. Its representative in Cochabamba, Mr. Nelson Cox, questioned “the role played by the Attorney General’s Office and the Police with respect to the cordon and protests in the Ombudsman’s Office facilities, calling those bodies permissive in the face of acts of aggression. The mere existence of this organization is unacceptable to the coup plotters. Rabid at this small demonstration of resistance, the representatives of the de facto government incite their followers to attack the members of the Defensoría even in their private homes: “They have carried out explosions of firecrackers in my home, they have accused me of committing illicit acts, of drug traffickers, murderers, terrorists (…), they have made threats against my daughters and my family” – declared Mr. Cox.

Far from being satisfied with having seized power by force, the de facto government is aware that its legitimacy hangs by a thread. That is why the repression must take a prominent turn until the next elections are organised. Without delay, special anti-terrorist units were presented with great pomp, presumably announcing the next crimes that will go unpunished.

Without fear of ridicule, on December 6, the self-proclaimed president announced the creation of an “inter-institutional committee for the defense of victims for political and ideological reasons of the last 14 years”. Shortly before, Añez had congratulated the spokesman of the paramilitary gangs that terrorized the population in the decisive moments of the coup, acting with the complicity of the police and the army (house fires, lynchings, racist attacks, etc.).

And if it was still necessary to demonstrate the kind of people Añez considers victims, on the same day four miners were released who were convicted for the torture and murder of the deputy interior minister Rodolfo Illanes in August 2016.

On 11 November, the president and former vice-president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), Maria Eugenia Choque and Antonio Costas, were arrested along with 34 members.

On November 27, Chuquisaca governor Esteban Urquizu was preventively detained for “leaving office” after he resigned on November 10.

On December 3, former Minister of Productive Development Susana Rivero Guzmán denounced “Death threats to my son, destruction of our small house in La Paz and a hostile climate of intimidation of the family. For that reason, she announced her willingness to “turn to international human rights protection bodies.

On December 4, Idelfonso Mamani, a former member of the TSE (Supreme Electoral Tribunal), was arrested. The accusation read: “it is presumed that the TSE assigned the printing of the electoral material to one printing press, however, the work was done by another”.

On December 6, the departure from the country of former Economy Minister Luis Arce Catacora was announced, who was able to benefit from the asylum offered by Mexico. On the same day, former Communication Minister Amanda Dávila was accused of using funds from the State Publishing House to print MAS campaign material. Dávila denounced having been the victim of a montage through a photo of the visit of Morales’ daughter.

This non-exhaustive list allows us to understand that what is underway is a frenetic political-judicial persecution against all members of previous Morales governments, casting a shadow of suspicion on the issue of corruption, in order to challenge and completely erase the memory of 13 years of the process of change in Bolivia, whose economic and social balance has been recognized worldwide, in particular by reducing extreme poverty by 23%.



Confession of crimes against humanity


Because the best defense is attack, “government minister” Murillo, who incited “hunting” members of the ousted government and tried to intimidate those who defended them, has made public his intention to bring Evo Morales before the International Criminal Court in The Hague “for crimes against humanity,” blaming him for the 35 deadly victims, even after his resignation and exile from the country. To endorse a president who has deposed the responsibility for the victims of a regime that has militarized the country and repressed protest is to show boldness without limits, or a way to convince himself of the impunity he believes he can count on after resuming full relations with the United States.

Murillo undoubtedly tries to use everything in his power to invest the victim and the aggressor. This is how he has tried to present Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera as a “confessed terrorist” and a “narco-guerrilla”, reactivating the imaginary vision of the Cold War dictatorships. He has also widely released an audiotape in which Morales is supposedly heard encouraging the blockade of cities in order for the population to resist the coup. Whether an authentic or false document, the preamble to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, clearly inspired by the French declaration of 1789, implicitly foresees the right to rebellion in situations marked by the absence of democratic and constitutional guarantees: “It is essential that human rights be protected by a rule of law, so that man is not compelled to the supreme recourse of rebellion against tyranny and oppression.”

In fact, the de facto government of Añez-Murillo was imposed by an army whose first mission has been to crush protest and teach the humble people of rural areas a lesson, depriving them of their right to vote and their participation in democratic life after centuries of exclusion. Its foreseeable function is to conceal and justify the current wave of repression. But the dignfied people of the Plurinational State of Bolivia carry on their backs an experience of centuries of resisting with iron determination the tyranny of colonialism and its successors. It is time to understand that disinformation campaigns are a global mechanism whose objective is to break the sovereignty of the peoples of the world and demolish the bridges of solidarity. The apostle of Cuban independence José Martí summed it up in an unbeatable way: “Peoples who do not know each other must hurry to know each other (…)”.

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Post by blindpig » Fri Dec 13, 2019 12:16 pm

"To continue fighting for the humblest"
In a stealthy operation, the Government granted refuge to the former president of Bolivia along with four other former officials. They asked him not to make statements.
By Fernando Cibeira

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The Argentine government granted Evo Morales the status of political refugee.

In an operation carried out with the greatest stealth, Evo Morales arrived yesterday morning to the country from Mexico and, after a quick procedure in Ezeiza, the government granted him refugee status. "Now I arrived in Argentina, to continue fighting for the humblest and to unite the Homeland, I am strong and lively. I thank Mexico and Argentina for all their support and solidarity," said the dismissed president of Bolivia on social networks. As Foreign Minister Felipe Solá commented, as part of the agreement for his arrival, Morales will not make public statements or participate in political activities. You have to interpret that ban as temporary, Evo just traveled to be closer to his country and, supposedly, accompany the MAS campaign for presidential elections that have not yet dated.

The first message of Evo Morales after his arrival in Argentina | He said he will "keep fighting for the humblest"
Imagine that in the next few days Alberto Fernández will receive or chat with Evo. Before assuming, Fernandez had publicly expressed his offer of asylum to the former Bolivian president to be with his relatives, closer to his country and accompanied by the million compatriots who live here. Even, Solá recalled that at the time of the coup, Alberto Fernández spoke with Mauricio Macri about the possibility of giving refuge to Morales. As there was no reaction from the Cambiemos administration, Fernández had to activate the efforts so that Evo left as soon as possible to Mexico because if he stayed in Bolivia his life was in danger. The then president-elect collaborated to facilitate the passage of the plane that moved Evo through the airspace of several countries.

Although at some point he had expressed his desire to travel for the oath, finally neither Evo, nor Lula, nor Dilma Rousseff participated in the ceremony to avoid diplomatic friction. But, on December 10, Evo along with García Linera, former Minister of Health Gabriela Montaño, former Foreign Minister Diego Pary and former OAS Ambassador José Alberto Gonzales sent a text requesting their asylum. The issue required some legal engineering in which Solá and his chief adviser Guillermo Justo Chaves worked because in the country there is no territorial asylum figure. So last night he was granted a temporary asylum until he arrived at the airport, where he required refugee status, which does exist.

The fear of Evo and his companions was that if they did not have some kind of legal protection in Customs, they would be alerted. The former president traveled with Montaño in the tourist class of the regular Aeromexico flight that connects the Mexican capital with Buenos Aires. Justo Chavez and local friends were waiting for him at the airport, such as the general secretary of ATE, Daniel Catalano. Morales' sons -Evaliz and Alvaro- were already here for three weeks. The entourage that left Ezeiza accompanied Evo to a local address. In the Government they clarified that the permanence of Morales - refugee status has no expiration date - will not demand any expenses beyond the police custody assigned to him for his safety.

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"They are governed by refugee status. From the moment they are asked they are released from any possibility of extradition. These people cannot have protection in their country," said Solá. Everything was so fast that the chancellor had to accelerate the procedures to enable his signature and thus be able to sign the resolutions. "We do not want Evo Morales or any of the refugees to use this country to do politics. They can see who they want but there is the political commitment that they do not make public statements or political campaigns from here," Solá surprised in a dialogue with El Destape Radio . They are extras that agreed with Morales by word,

Morales asked permission to write two tweets to thank Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and the Mexicans "for saving my life and for sheltering me. I felt at home with the Mexican sisters and brothers for a month." Two AMLO government officials accompanied Morales on the flight.

"The law says nothing of that, it is a political commitment," the chancellor confirmed regarding this particularity. "The situation in Argentina is delicate and we don't want to add problems. We want to get the problems away," he argued. The new management of Alberto Fernández already had this week a first sample of how complicated diplomatic relations can sometimes be when one of Donald Trump's envoys said he would not participate in the swearing ceremony as a sign of an alleged anger - or warning - by the invitation to the Minister of Communications of Venezuela, Jorge Rodríguez, and former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. Another American official, Undersecretary Michael Kozak, not only stayed but held an extensive meeting with Fernández and Solá, but the question served to turn on a yellow light.

After the coup d'etat and since his exile in Mexico, Morales did not let through the networks denounce the deaths from repression and other excesses committed by the de facto government of Jeanine Añez. For example, on Wednesday he wrote: "Abusive raids, blue notifications and arrest warrants. The de facto government hunt continues, all to divert attention from the IACHR report that talks about massacres and massive human rights violations." After intense negotiations, Añez agreed to call elections within the next six months of which neither Morales nor García Linera can participate. Evo's intention is to support from here who is elected as a MAS candidate.

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Post by blindpig » Fri Dec 13, 2019 2:33 pm

Bolivia's de facto government warns Argentina that Evo Morales does not carry out political activities
December 13, 2019

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Bolivia issued warning to the Argentine government about the political interference of Evo Morales
The interim government of Bolivia warned that it expects the Argentine Republic to comply with international standards on asylum and political refuge and not allow former President Evo Morales to carry out political activities, Bolivian Foreign Minister Karen Longaric said Thursday. The influence that the indigenous leader may have from a bordering country worries the Bolivian ruling class, which organizes by 2020 the first presidential elections without Morales as a candidate.

"We hope that Argentina strictly complies with the principles and norms of the right of asylum, as well as the right of refuge, and not as it happened in Mexico, where Evo Morales had an open microphone to do politics," said the official. His statement came hours after Morales arrived in the City of Buenos Aires on condition of asylum and with the purpose of obtaining political refugee status with the help of the government of Alberto Fernández.

"We hope that Argentina complies with those principles and those norms of asylum and refuge rights and that what happened in Mexico does not happen, where it had an open microphone to do politics," said Bolivian Foreign Minister Karen Longaric.

Longaric said that the transitional government of his country, which is chaired by Senator Jeanine Áñez, knew from Wednesday Morales' travel plan to Argentina and that he received confirmation on Thursday morning of the president's arrival in Buenos Aires. He added that the Bolivian Foreign Ministry firmly asked President Fernández not to allow Morales activities “that aim to destabilize” the government of Áñez: “He cannot pronounce any manifestation of a political nature, he is inhibited from it and less to do political acts that weaken or destabilize the Bolivian government. ”

Morales resigned last November 10 after demonstrations against his re-election and the express request of the Police and the Armed Forces following a report by the Organization of American States that indicates irregularities in the counting of votes in the elections that gave him as winner on October 20. Currently, complaints about alleged crimes against humanity, sedition, terrorism and armed uprising weigh upon him.

The condition set by the Argentine government

The ex-president received asylum in Mexico on November 11 and arrived in the country a day later in a plane of the Mexican Air Force, and then received a “permanent resident” immigration card under that condition of asylum. Foreign Minister Felipe Solá explained that Morales arrived in Argentina with political asylum, but will ask to be a refugee.

"The asylum rule is not regulated, but the other (the refugee) can be requested by a person who is already in the country, can request refugee status," said the chancellor. Sola recalled that "a month and a half ago" Morales requested asylum from Argentina and Macri "did not grant it." And he said that, for the moment, a meeting of the Bolivian leader with Fernández is not planned.

“The Ministry of Interior will grant refugee status in a few hours, which is regulated. The regulation requires a series of guidelines and we want from Evo Morales the commitment not to make political statements in Argentina, ”said Felipe Solá. He added: “It is mostly a political convention. The degree of freedom you may have is one thing and the degree of political commitment is another. It is a condition that we ask, but then I will be able to say if it is in writing or not. ”

“A month ago I arrived in Mexico, a brother country that saved our lives, I was sad and broken. Now I arrived in Argentina, to continue fighting for the humblest and to unite the Great Homeland. I am strong and lively. I thank Mexico and Argentina for all their support and solidarity, ”Morales wrote on Twitter.

Evo is the MAS campaign manager

Longaric explained that, if his refugee status is approved by the Argentine Interior Ministry, Morales may “mobilize with the refugee credential for different territories but will always be prohibited from making political demonstrations”. However, in Argentina, Law 26165 on Recognition and Protection of Refugees does not establish any type of political prohibitions.

In tune, Bolivian deputy Edgar Mejía said that Morales's role as campaign manager will be decisive for a triumph of the MAS (Movement To Socialism) in the elections, despite being out of the country. “It will be very important because the image of Evo has not died. The image of Evo is known by everyone, ”emphasized the legislator.

The parliamentarian said that, despite being out of Bolivia, Morales "will help a lot as a campaign manager, whoever the candidate is" and that he will support the new formula "with the image that Bolivia changed." “We will go ahead, we will win the elections and we will win them cleanly. That is why we are going to invite many international organizations as sellers, ”said Mejía.

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Post by blindpig » Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:38 pm

redfish interview with Evo Morales
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"The unity of the people will always be the defeat of the empire."

Our exclusive interview with ousted and exiled president Evo Morales speaking on the coup, the role of capitalism and imperialism in Latin America and the future of the struggle.


According to a notice attached to the Youtube window Redfish is owned by RT. This links to the Wiki page for RT, which looks as tho written by the DNC. They get us coming & going.
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Major Defeat for the US and its Allies, Victory for Evo!
December 21, 2019 Arnold August Almagro, Bolivia, Canada, Caricom, coup d’etat, oas, Trudeau
At the OAS – Organization of American States

By Arnold August

On December 18, in Washington, DC, the CARICOM (bloc of Caribbean states) resolution presented to the OAS reads as follows:

“Rejection of violence and call for full respect for the rights of indigenous peoples in the Plurinational State of Bolivia.”

The Bolivian pro-US coup delegation, in order to stop the resolution from being adopted, claimed it could have been “more constructive and instead of supporting the intention of burning the country as Evo Morales wishes, and contribute to pacification.”

Granada began the meeting by pointing out that the Bolivian Project did not constitute amendments to the CARICOM Project, but a new draft Resolution. On the proposal of another small country, Belize, the Bolivian coup resolution was put to a vote.

The result of the vote on the Bolivian coup plotters’ project was as follows:

In favor 8: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, USA, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay and Venezuela (represented by the pro U.S. Guiadó).

Against: 17 Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Nicaragua, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Uruguay, Bahamas, Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Abstention 8: Canada, Costa Rica, Chile, Guatemala, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Peru and Honduras.

Absent 1 : Haiti

So, the Bolivian “government” project was rejected.

Then the ambassador of the United States proposed a vote on the draft Resolution of CARICOM, which resulted in the following, a bad surprise for the US and its OAS puppet Almagro:

In favor 18: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Nicaragua, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Uruguay and Panama .

Against 4: Bolivia, Colombia, USA, Venezuela (the representative of the self-proclaimed Guaidó).

Abstention 11: Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, Honduras, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay

Absent: 1 Haiti

As a result, the Resolution “Rejection of violence and call for full respect for the rights of indigenous peoples in the Plurinational State of Bolivia” was approved. Great news!

Despite millions of Canadian workers CUPE (680,000 workers), CUPW (54,000) OFL (one 1 million), UNIFOR (300,000) & CLC (3 million) in favour of Evo and opposed to the coup, Canada abstained on the CARICOM resolution at the OAS. This raises serious issues about democracy, not in the pre-Evo Bolivia, nor in current Venezuela, but in Canada!

Trudeau had to take this “neutral stand” (as opposed to his very possible preference to vote against the just CARICOM the resolution) probably as a result of the strong movement in Canada against the coup and in favour of Evo.

This opposition to the Trudeau government’s Bolivia policy was completely censured by Canada’s corporate media. However, Trudeau must have seen the writing on the wall and thus took the cowardly stance, increasingly a trade mark of his government and himself as a politician.

Canadians have to go further and push the Trudeau government to abandon the U.S. altogether.

The OAS result shows that the soft diplomatic approach to Trudeau does not work. Rather, only massive and explicit opposition to his polices holds any sign of hope.

Dare to say the “T” Word, which in Canada does not mean “T” for Trump, which is a no-brainer, but “T” for TRUDEAU!

The OAS resolution is also a defeat for the international and national pressures to smother the anti- U.S. Imperialist sentiment of the Canadian people, and thus convert it into pitiful apologists for the Trudeau government.

Thus, the conclusion is to attend all actions, events, sign letters and petitions that target the Trudeau government on the all issues in Latin America including Chile and Haiti.

Congratulations to the small country members of CARICOM: In many cases tiny islands but with the voice of a giant. They are always ready to speak out against U.S. imperialism, while huge, wealthy Canada is saddled with a pro-Trump government, faithful ally of US imperialism.

https://orinocotribune.com/major-defeat ... y-for-evo/
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Post by blindpig » Thu Dec 26, 2019 1:32 pm

Argentinian journalist Sebastian Moro was found unconscious, left for dead, covered in bruises, scratches and other signs of violence on November 10. Moro was wearing a vest identifying him as press covering the dramatic U.S.-backed coup against democratically elected President Evo Morales in Bolivia.

The 40-year-old worked for the influential Argentinian newspaper Pagina/12. Hours earlier he had denounced what he saw as a far-right takeover of power. His last known words, published in his newspaper hours before he was found, were denouncing the kidnappings of government officials, and mob attacks on journalists and media outlets. He had been one of the only voices exposing the local opposition’s campaign of terror to the world. Moro spent six days in a La Paz hospital before finally succumbing to his injuries.

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Despite the world’s attention being focused on the Andean country, media has steadfastly ignored the likely beating to death of a foreign journalist for political reasons. No mention of Moro has been made in the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News or any mainstream Western outlet, despite his story being well known in his native Argentina. Nor has his case been mentioned by the major human rights networks such as Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch. Even the Committee to Protect Journalists has not acknowledged his killing. Its list of deceased journalists in 2019 shows none across South America.

In fact, both media and the human rights industry have been leading a campaign to legitimize the new coup administration of Jeanine Añez and whitewash her crackdown on independent media. Taking their line from the Trump administration, corporate media refused to call the events in Bolivia a coup, preferring instead to frame it as Morales “resigning.” The New York Times welcomed the end of the “increasingly autocratic” Morales and expressed its relief that the country was in the hands of more “responsible” leaders. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal’s headline read “a democratic breakout in Bolivia.”

Human Rights Watch, too, has been key in pushing through the U.S.-backed overthrow of a democratically elected head of state and whitewashing the violence that still engulfs Bolivia. Its director Ken Roth claimed that the coup was an “uprising” aimed at “defending democracy” from a “strongman” while the organization described Añez’s law giving Bolivia’s notorious police and armed forces complete immunity from all crimes while they massacred protestors as merely a “problematic decree.”

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In fact, the only English language source that has reported on Moro’s death is the Orinoco Tribune, a tiny Venezuelan news outlet with a staff of two people, according to its website. The Tribune translated an Argentinian article and published it on its website. MintPress News reached out to the Tribune for comment on the story. The editor replied that Moro’s case, as well as the total media silence over it, highlighted the need to create and encourage new grassroots media outlets. It also noted that after the coup against Honduran President Manuel Zelaya in 2009:

One [of the] very first gestures the U.S. coup against Zelaya made in Honduras was to shut down community radio and snatch journalists. Tortured reporters were then tossed out on the highway as a warning for others. The lucky ones lived. The coup in Bolivia seems to be on the same learning curve.”

As MintPress has reported, there has been a coordinated assault on independent media in Bolivia. New Communications Minister Roxana Lizarraga announced that this was part of the “dismantling of the propaganda apparatus of the dictatorial regime of Evo Morales,” claiming that Morales’ “militants who misused the state media system” are being “withdrawn.” Outlets like TeleSUR and RT en Español have been shut down and reporters have been shot. Lizarraga also declared that she would persecute any journalists involved in what she called “sedition,” noting that she already had a list of “troublesome” individuals and outlets.

Human rights groups have also been subject to oppression. New Interior Minister Arturo Murillo directly threatened a newly arrived human rights delegation from Argentina. “We recommend these foreigners who are arriving…to be careful,” he said, “We are looking at you. We are following you,” warning them that there will be “zero tolerance.” He added that “At the first false move that they make, trying to commit terrorism and sedition, they will have to deal with the police.” Fourteen members of the group were subsequently arrested, to silence in the press.

The largest NGOs exist primarily to protect and advance power under the guise of standing up for human rights. Human Rights Watch started as an anti-Soviet Cold War propaganda machine, Amnesty International’s co-founder was an FBI asset involved in the murder of Black Panther leaders like Fred Hampton. This explains their disinterest in Moro’s murder amid the wider crescendo of violence in Bolivia. Those that stand up to power are rarely remembered fondly in corporate media.

Feature photo | Sebastian Moro poses with a copy of Prensa Rural, one of the newspapers he worked in Bolivia, in front of a portrait of ousted Bolivian President Evo Morales. Photo | Facebook/Sebastian Moro

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Re: Bolivia

Post by blindpig » Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:49 pm

Police operation before Mexican embassy in Bolivia "is out of proportion"
In this article: Andrés Manuel López Obrador , Bolivia , Embassies , Mexico , Police , Diplomatic Relations
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Before diplomatic crisis with Bolivia, Ebrard calls for national unity


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Police elements protect the immediate surroundings of the Mexican embassy in Bolivia. Photo: AP.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) confirmed that the Mexican embassy in La Paz, asked the Bolivian authorities in November for support to guarantee the security of the site due to the protests and social climate that the country is going through. However, the police operation "is out of proportion" and has generated the opposite effect becoming a threat to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations .

Through an informative note, the office in charge of Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon offered details about the operations with police, civilian and intelligence elements outside the Embassy and Official Residence of Mexico in Bolivia .

He said that the police operation generates the opposite effect to what I request from the Bolivian authorities: support to guarantee the security of Mexican real estate, diplomatic personnel and persons under the protection of the Mexican State in La Paz.

"Far from providing security, the operation, which includes the constant recording of real estate, represents a threat and a violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations that both countries have signed."

He added that, in contrast to the provisions of the Vienna Convention, cars of the diplomatic office have been sculpted and registered by Bolivian police . In addition, the operations include 24-hour surveillance; the police observe from the distance the activity of the enclosures, in addition to following the Mexican diplomatic personnel when they leave the buildings.

In addition, the SRE stressed that different authorities in that country have stated that the purpose of police operations is not to provide security for Mexican real estate, but to carry out apprehensions of persons under the protection of the Mexican State .

For example, Julio William Cordero, departmental commander of the police, said that the operations seek to comply with the arrest warrants of the Public Ministry against former Minister Ramón Quintana and Wilma Alanoca.

"The commander has explicitly requested to collaborate with the Bolivian justice, which is inconsistent with the explanation that the operatives seek to protect Mexican real estate," the Mexican Foreign Ministry said.

Before diplomatic crisis with Bolivia, Ebrard calls for national unity

Macerlo Ebrad. Photo: Yazmín Ortega Cortes / La Jornada.

The Foreign Secretary, Macerlo Ebrad Casaubon, issued a brief message tonight to call for national unity, given the attacks and disqualifications against President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, in the context of the dispute between Mexico and Bolivia.

Through his social networks, the Mexican Foreign Minister wrote: “Given the adjectives and insults to Mexico and its President, national unity and serenity are imposed that give the calm conscience and solidity of the Mexican position in defense of international law and respect between peoples. "

http://www.cubadebate.cu/noticias/2019/ ... gYLB1VKiM9

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Post by blindpig » Sun Dec 29, 2019 1:42 pm

The Bolivian Government Minister will ask the president to expel all Spanish diplomats

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Murillo has clarified that he is not asking to leave the Spanish Embassy "but the people who have mistreated and offended the Bolivians."
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The Minister of Government of Bolivia, Arturo Murillo , announced he would ask the interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez , the expulsion of all members of the Spanish diplomatic mission after the incident on Friday, when you consider that Spanish diplomats tried to evacuate former leaders Related to Evo Morales from the Mexican Embassy in La Paz.
"I personally am going to ask the president (Áñez) and the chancellor (Karen Longaric) to ask that these people leave the country. It is not correct that they come to do what they want," Murillo said from Santa Cruz, according to reports Unitel Murillo reproaches in particular the presence of hooded individuals "as if they could do whatever they want."

Murillo has clarified that he is not asking to leave the Spanish Embassy "but the people who have mistreated and offended the Bolivians." Those who showed up at the Mexican Embassy "mistreated Bolivian sensitivity."

Within the Mexican Embassy there are approximately ten former leaders of the Socialist Movement of former President Evo Morales as political asylees, four of them with an arrest warrant. They are the former Minister of the Presidency Juan Ramón Quintana; the former Minister of Cultures Wilma Alanoca; the former governor of Oruro Víctor Hugo Vásquez and the former director of the Agency for Electronic Government and Information and Communication Technologies (AGETIC) Nicolás Laguna.

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The fascist coup ain't getting much respect in or out of the country, just in DC. There is good chance it might be overthrown.
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Bolivia’s new right-wing government intensifies crackdown on journalists, doctors
Posted Jan 14, 2020 by Alan MacLeod


Originally published: MintPress News (January 10, 2020) |

The U.S.-backed right-wing coup government of Jeanine Añez continues its moves against media and other dissenting voices. The latest victim of the crackdown was Marcelo Hurtado, president of the ATB media network. Hurtado was paraded before cameras; handcuffed and forced to wear a vest labeled “arrested.” He was flanked by two black clad, masked and armed members of the country’s infamous police, who led a successful coup against socialist president Evo Morales in November.


The Añez administration justified Hurtado’s public arrest on the grounds that he was linked to Morales and ex-Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera, in what new Communications Minister Roxana Lizarraga has called the “dismantling of the propaganda apparatus of the dictatorial regime of Evo Morales.” Since November, the new government has begun systematically destroying all voices opposed to it. TeleSUR, Bolivia TV and RT en Español have already been taken off the air, journalists have been shot, detained and tortured. Meanwhile, Al-Jazeera correspondent Teresa Bo was tear-gassed in the face live on air at point-blank range by riot police as she stood alone, talking to the camera.

The repression of journalists has brought back memories of previous eras when most of Latin America was ruled by fascist dictatorships. But unlike in Argentina or Chile, where the governments “disappeared” dissenting voices, refusing to confirm or deny their involvement, the Bolivian government is doing so openly; in fact, making pains to publicize their treatment of their opponents.

Another group the Añez administration is targeting is doctors. On Monday the same armed, masked police conducted a press conference displaying Mirtha Sanjinez, a hospital administrator who had disobeyed orders not to treat injured opponents of the government. “I am innocent. Gentlemen of the Civic Committee: stop persecuting innocent people, I am an honorable person, I have worked honorably,” said the elderly lady to the cameras of pro-Añez media attending, as she was taken away to an uncertain fate.

Cuban doctors provided the backbone of Bolivia’s universal healthcare service. However, upon gaining power, Añez immediately expelled the entire cadre, over 700 in total, closing down health facilities aimed at the country’s poor. In more than a decade of partnership with the previous socialist government, Cuban doctors had carried out over 72 million consultations across Bolivia. This week MintPress News’ Ollie Vargas visited a hospital in the city of Cochabamba where 143 Cuban staff provided free healthcare to those who needed it, finding it closed and abandoned. He also reported that Bolivian doctors who had previously collaborated with Cuban colleagues had been arrested.

In November, after military generals and police appeared on television demanding his resignation, President Morales fled to Mexico. In his place, the military picked Añez, a lesser-known senator. Añez’s right-wing Democrat Social Movement Party won just four percent of the vote in the October elections that sparked the unrest and, eventually, the coup. In contrast, Morales’ Movement to Socialism (MAS) party received 47 percent. Añez immediately exonerated the military of all previous and future crimes, giving them a carte blanche to kill anyone opposing the new military-approved government. Medea Benjamin was on the scene of the Senkata massacre for MintPress News, where she noted the morgues were overwhelmed so local church pews were filled with blood-soaked corpses.

Despite labeling itself an “interim government,” in classic “shock doctrine” style the new administration has also planned a mass privatization program and reoriented Bolivia’s foreign policy, pulling out of several regional organizations. New elections are scheduled for May. However, with Morales and others in the MAS banned and labeled “terrorists” by the current administration, it is difficult to see how they will be free and fair. Añez has already declared that Bolivia must prevent the “savages” (i.e. the indigenous majority) returning to power.

An eight-person team from the United States government agency USAID arrived in Bolivia Thursday purporting to be experts in electoral systems aiming to strengthen and support the May elections. The U.S. government immediately welcomed the November coup and has supported a number of previous attempts at dislodging Morales from power. The MAS has set a date of next weekend to choose their candidate. While the left is united around MAS and against the coup, the right has fractured into four roughly equal factions, opening up the possibility of a serious vote-splitting problem for the current administration. But regardless, without a free and independent press, the May elections will surely lack legitimacy.

https://mronline.org/2020/01/14/bolivia ... s-doctors/
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Germany wants Bolivia’s new government to revise scrapped lithium deal
Cecilia Jamasmie | January 23, 2020 | 4:13 am

The Uyuni salt flat in Potosí state holds one of the world’s largest deposits of lithium, a key raw material for battery cell production. (Image courtesy of Mikel Pierre | Flickr.)
Germany is hoping to engage Bolivia’s next government in talks over a scrapped joint venture deal to develop the South American country’s massive lithium reserves, as members of its car sector struggle to meet electric vehicles (EVs) production targets due to a supply shortage of battery cells.

Both nations signed a lithium partnership in 2018 following three years of intense lobbying from Berlin, which said a small privately-owned company from Germany was a better bet than its Chinese rivals.

Bolivia’s state-owned lithium company, YLB, and Germany’s ACI Systems planned to build four lithium plants in the Salar de Uyuni salt flats, which hold the world’s second-largest lithium deposit.

The joint venture was also going to build a factory for EV batteries in the country, which is sitting on about nine million tonnes of lithium, or around 25% of the world’s known reserves.

BOLIVIA’S YLB AND GERMANY’S ACI SYSTEM PLANNED TO INSTALL FOUR LITHIUM PLANTS IN THE SALAR DE UYUNI SALT FLATS, WHICH HOLD THE WORLD’S SECOND-LARGEST LITHIUM DEPOSIT

The deal was cancelled in November following local protests and a change of leadership at YLB following president Evo Morales’ resignation.

Morales had fled Bolivia earlier in the month after losing the support of the military and police amid widespread protests over a disputed election. His supporters say he was the victim of an orchestrated coup. Opponents argue he was forced from power after manipulating the constitution to run for a fourth term in office then seeking to win that vote with electoral fraud.

Bolivians will choose a new president May 3, and Berlin is closely following related developments as the venture is considered vital for the German auto industry’s plans to develop electric batteries.

The new head of YLB, Juan Carlos Zuleta, said last week the deal would not be revived, adding that the state-owned company planned to apply strict limits to foreign investment in the extraction and processing of the key element for the production of batteries that power EVs and smart phones.

Zuleta, however, doesn’t seem fully opposed to letting foreign companies in as he noted that a similar deal with China’s Xinjiang TBEA was being reassessed. He also hinted recently that Tesla should be considering building a plant in Bolivia.


Demand for the white metal is expected to more than double by 2025. The soft, light commodity is mined mainly in Australia, Chile and Argentina.

Bolivia wants to strengthen local know-how and become a producer, but its lithium is found at higher altitude and contains more magnesium (Mg) and potassium than in neighbouring Chile and Argentina, making the extraction process much more complicated and costly.

Uyuni’s higher rainfall and cooler climate mean that its evaporation rate is not even half that of Chile’s Salar de Atacama, where brine ponds evaporate quickly.

ImageGreen imperialism from the oh-so-green Europeans.

Germany’s push comes as some of its key auto industry actors are beginning to show signs of distress. Manager Magazin reported on Thursday that Daimler has been forced to reduce its 2020 production targets for the Mercedes-Benz EQC EV to 30,000 from about 60,000 due to a supply shortage of battery cells from LG Chem.

Daimler expected to sell around 25,000 EQC vehicles last year, but was only able to build around 7,000, Magazin reported.

German Economy Minister, Peter Altmaier, has urged local industries to secure raw materials for electric batteries to reduce dependence on Asian suppliers.

https://www.mining.com/germany-wants-bo ... hium-deal/

from the mouth of bastards....Green imperialism from the oh-so-green Europeans, the new boss ain't the old boss & Chinese project being "reassessed". The rats don't even bother to run anymore, they just stroll.
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