Jose Mujica condemns OAS after visiting Evo Morales

Former Uruguayan president Jose Mujica, visiting Mexico, condemned the acts of the Organization of American States (OAS) in the coup d'état in Bolivia, after visting former indigenous president Evo Morales.

Morales referred on his Twitter account @evoespueblo to his meeting with the charismatic Uruguayan politician, who is in Mexico City to participate in an international seminar, and was invited to the events to mark the first year in office of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Morales posted: 'I received the visit of brother Pepe Mujica, former president of #Uruguay and a tireless social fighter for the dignity of our peoples. I appreciate your solidarity with our dear #Bolivia in these moments.'

He also wrote, 'to the Mexican people for their infinite solidarity with #Bolivia and regional democracy. #Mexico and its diplomatic tradition is for us an example of humanity and brotherhood.'

Regarding his meeting with Morales, currently exiled in this country, the former Uruguayan president stated, 'I went to give Morales a hug. Those of us who have been presidents do not stop being human and have feelings like any neighbor's son.'

'The vision of Latin America from Washington is not the vision of Latin America of our indigenous, broke, forgotten, subdued, trampled people,' Mujica said at the Ibero-American University of Mexico City, where he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree.

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Diaz-Canel welcomes arrival of Cuban doctors returning from Bolivia

On his official Twitter account, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel greeted on Monday a group of Cuban health workers who returned today from Bolivia, following the coup d'état and threats against doctors of the island working in the Andean nation.

'They return victorious. Welcome to our Homeland, dear compatriots of the Cuban Medical Brigade in Bolivia,' the president tweeted.

'You honor your profession and uphold human solidarity,' he added in reference to the group of 207 health specialists who arrived at the Jose Marti International Airport in this capital at dawn.

With this second flight, 431 Cuban collaborators have so far returned from Bolivia, where the medical brigade has performed 1,529,301 operations and provided over 73,330,400 medical consultations over more than ten years.

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Cuban Doctors Arrested, Harassed in Bolivia Return Home Safely

The four doctors were detained for allegedly "encouraging and financing" the protests demanding the reestablishment of the Constitutional Order.

Cuba's Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodriguez announced Sunday the return of 207 medical personnel who were offering their services in Bolivia, among them the four doctors who were detained for allegedly "encouraging and financing" the massive protests that demand the reestablishment of the Constitutional Order in the Andean nation.

"Another 207 Cuban collaborators in Bolivia are already flying back to their homeland. Their families, patients, neighbors and all of our people await them proudly and gratefully," announced Rodriguez.

The doctors were forced to abruptly interrupt their work due to the lack of safety as right-wing violence and repression escalate in Bolivia, part of the coup perpetrated against President Evo Morales.

Cuban doctors return to their country by groups, after the de facto Bolivian government investigated them for "encouraging and financing" the massive demonstrations demanding Morales' return and the restoration of the constitutional order.

A first group made up of 224 professionals arrived in Cuba last Saturday night, where they were received as heroes after their valuable work in the South American country.

“You are missionaries of life, who only have love to oppose hatred. Welcome back," Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said during his welcome speech.

In a similar fashion, the departure of Cuban doctors from Brazil earlier this year saw severe consequences for that country’s most vulnerable population as the government of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro struggled to fill up the vacuum left by the physicians; El Salvador is another country that halted the medical programs with Cuba, followed last week by Ecuador.

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West attempts to repeat the Bolivian coup in Venezuela

The resignation of Evo Morales from Bolivia’s presidency following the military threat is considered a victory for Western countries, especially those that are trying to maintain Latin America as their colony.

Since Western countries cannot withstand figures like Hugo Chaves, Morales, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and the Castro brothers they stir up security problems in countries with leftist leaders to topple their governments.

Therefore, now that the anti-colonial president of Bolivia has stepped down due to military threats and the recent protests in the country, the West is praising these events to befool other countries, especially Venezuela, and show them the way.

In a report on Tuesday, Reuters compared the developments in Bolivia and Venezuela and wrote, “one key factor makes the Bolivia playbook a difficult one to carry out against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro: Venezuela’s armed forces have consistently refused to take the side of protesters as Bolivia’s military did on Sunday.”

Reuters also tried, with a subtle tune, to persuade the Venezuelan army to follow the Bolivian military.

In addition to Western media, officials in these countries have also praised the Bolivian coup. For example, US President Donald Trump in response to Bolivia’s developments claimed, "These events send a strong signal to the illegitimate regimes in Venezuela and Nicaragua that democracy and the will of the people will always prevail." He also issued a statement in which he hailed Morales' departure as moving towards a "completely democratic, prosperous, and free Western Hemisphere."

 The US is the architect of Bolivian developments

In addition to Trump’s remarks, Washington urged the Bolivian legislature to hold a meeting to formally accept Morales’ resignation and began the civilian process of power transition to fill the current political vacuum.

A senior US State Department official also said Washington does not consider Morales' departure to be a coup, as Morales himself and the Mexican government have alleged. It was instead the result of protests that showed the Bolivian people "have had enough of a government ignoring the will of its voters".

The European Union

In response to the Bolivian developments, the EU called for all parties involved in the current political tensions to exercise “restraint” and “responsibility”.

"I would like to express clearly our wish that all parties in the country exercise restraint and responsibility and lead the country peacefully and quietly to new, credible elections that let the people of Bolivia express their democratic will," EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday.

“If we are asked to send one and if the conditions are right, definitely we will do our best to send an Electoral Observation Mission,” she said at the press conference following the Foreign Affairs Council.

 Venezuela is the next target

The US has been seeking for years to overthrow the Venezuelan government and to put into power the political currents which are in line with Washington. These efforts by the US have entered a new phase as Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido entered the scene. By calling himself president, Guaido has started to fulfill US goals.

After Guaido’s action, 50 countries, mostly Western, backed him, but their backing did not succeed as the majority of the people and the Venezuelan army continued to support Maduro.

Of course, a few months ago, when John Bolton was still in the White House, a semi-coup was conducted against Maduro. But since the coup did not succeed it led to disagreements between Trump and Bolton.

Now that the coup was carried out in Bolivia, the West seems to have found a new motive and intend to bring this wave to Venezuela.

Whether or not these efforts will work against Venezuela needs to be discussed, but what is obvious is that as long as leftist and anti-colonial leaders are in power in Latin American countries, events such as protests, unrest and coup (like the ones in Bolivia and Venezuela) and financial allegations (like the one against Lula de Silva in Brazil) are tools that can be used to bring pro-Western figures to power.

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First group of Cuban health personnel returns from Bolivia

Roberto Morales Ojeda, vice-president of the Cuban Council of Ministers, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez and Public Health Minister José Angel Portal Miranda welcomed on Saturday evening the first group of Cuban health workers who were working in Bolivia.

Some 224 aid-workers returned to Cuba on this first trip, out of more than 700 who were working in the South American nation as part of the bilateral medical collaboration program.

After the arbitrary detention of several health collaborators,  the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported on the decision to withdraw all aid-personnel to Cuba.

The Cuban Medical Brigade spent 13 years in different parts of the Bolivian geography, where it saved lives and gave back or improved the eyesight to around 700 thousand people.

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Diaz-Canel condemns harassment against Cuban doctors in Bolivia

The president of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, denounced late on Friday the harassment and mistreatment against Cuban doctors working in Bolivia, who will return to the island in the face of violent instigation against them.

In the name of no political ideology, hate cannot harm those who devote themselves to giving life and health to the humble, the Cuban president wrote in his Twitter account.

Diaz-Canel shared in another tweet the statement issued this Friday by the Cuban Foreign Ministry in which it calls to halt 'the exacerbation of irresponsible anti-Cuban expressions and hate.'

The document holds allegations against four Cuban doctors are false: Amparo Garcia, Idalberto Delgado, Ramón Alvarez and Alexander Torres, members of the Medical Brigade in El Alto, were illegally detained.

They were arrested on accusations of encouraging violent actions in Bolivia by the coup authorities.

Under these circumstances, the statement stresses, Cuba will immediately withdraw the members of the medical mission from Bolivia.

It also demands the release of these unfairly detained Health workers.

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Chief of medical mission in Bolivia released by police

The Chief of the Cuban Medical Brigade in Bolivia, Dr. Yoandra Muro Valle, and the other Cuban aid workers detained by the Bolivian police have been released and have returned to the mission headquarters, the Minister of Public Health of Cuba, Dr. José Ángel Portal Miranda reported Friday evening.

Cuba denounced Friday to the international community her arrest.

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez condemned the unjustified detention on Twitter, and he said that a vehicle outside her house had a license plate 28-CD-17 belonging to the US Embassy, and accused that diplomatic mission of participating in the police operation to arrest Doctor Yoandra Muro.

In a tweet, Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel demanded an end to the worsening of irresponsible anti-Cuban and hateful expressions, lies, defamations, and incitements to violence against Cuban aid workers, who have made their solidarity contribution to the health of this brotherly Bolivian people.

“Cuba denounces the harassment and mistreatment of our doctors in Bolivia.  In the name of no political ideology, hatred can harm those who have devoted themselves to giving life and health to the humble,” Diaz-Canel wrote.

Earlier on Friday, Cuba announced it would be withdrawing all of its aid personnel from Bolivia.

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De-facto Bolivian government threatens independent journalists

Independent journalists who are covering protests in Bolivia were accused of carrying out "sedition" by de-facto Communications Minister Roxana Lizarraga, who was paradoxically appointed by a U.S.-backed government that emerged from a coup d'etat against the socialist President Evo Morales.

"Law will be fully enforced against those journalists or pseudo-journalists who are seditious, whether they are nationals or foreigners," Lizarraga said and took the opportunity to blame Cuba and Venezuela for the ongoing social unrest in Bolivia.

“They want to put us on their knees,” she added and warned that the Interior Ministry already has a list of the journalists who are stirring up resistance or rebellion against the coup-born regime.

After these announcements, four Cuban doctors were arrested and accused of demonstrating against the interim government headed by Senator Jeanine Añez, who became the self-proclaimed president on November 12th.  The four are part of the Cuban Medical Brigade.

Despite the blockade that mainstream media are making to what is happening in the Andean country, expressions of international solidarity with the Bolivian people are multiplying.

In Mexico City, for instance, human rights defenders and social activists held a rally in front of the U.S. embassy in rejection of the coup d'etat, which is being consummated under the auspices of the Organization of American States (OAS).

"We are all invited to denounce the U.S. empire's blatant interference in this country," the rally organizers said and added that the Bolivians will keep a stubborn resistance against the racist oligarchy.

Among the organizations summoning the rally are local solidarity committees with Bolivia, Cuba, and Venezuela, as well as the Metropolitan Compass and the Citizens' Mailbox.

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