Latin American political leaders condemned on Sunday the coup against the Bolivian government and expressed their solidarity with President Evo Morales.
'We strongly condemn the coup d'etat against the brother president @evoespueblo,' posted on his Twitter account Venezuela's head of state Nicolas Maduro, who demanded the preservation of the life of the Bolivian native peoples, victims of racism.
Evo Morales resigned today after a wave of violent protests, organized by the opposition, which caused the burning of institutions, trade union headquarters and properties, roads blockades and attacks on peasants.
'There has been a civic, political and police coup,' the president said when announcing his resignation, adding that: 'My sin is to be an indigenous person, a union leader and a cocalero.'
'The right with a violent and cowardly coup d'etat threatens democracy in #Bolivia. Our strong condemnation of the coup d'état and our solidarity with the brother President @evoespueblo,' Cuba's president Miguel Diaz-Canel posted on social media.
Diaz-Canel added that the world must be mobilized for Evo's life and freedom. #EvoNoEstasSolo #SomosCuba, the message points out.
Many personalities of the world expressed their concern about the huge setback for democracy in Bolivia, after 13 years of a government that lifted more than two million people out of poverty and turned the country into the nation with the strongest GDP growth in the region.
'I just learned that there was a coup in Bolivia and that comrade Evo Morales was forced to resign. It is unfortunate that Latin America has an economic elite that does not know how to live with democracy and the social inclusion of the poorest,' said former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Meanwhile, the president of the Workers' Party, Gleisi Hoffmann, lamented what happened in Bolivia and warned about the possibility that from now on the rights of the people will be taken away.
'The right does not match democracy. Another coup in Latin America,' Hoffmann posted in her Twitter account.
From Mexico, Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard insisted that his country will maintain a position of respect for democracy and institutions. 'No coup,' says a statement from the Foreign Minister.
In Argentina, the president-elect, Alberto Fernandez, described the institutional breakdown in Bolivia as unacceptable and said that the commitment to institutionality and against any form of coup d'etat on the continent must be total.