The Pro-Evo Upheaval in Bolivia: How is it Affecting the Canadian Political Scene?

On November 11, 2019, following the violent, racist, U.S.-led coup in Bolivia against Evo Morales — which was supported from the outset by Canada’s Justin Trudeau government —  I posted an appeal (in English, French, and Spanish) on YouTube denouncing the green light given by Trudeau on October 29 to Donald Trump’s plan. Just a few hours after the coup was consummated, Trudeau declared his support for it.

What right does Canada have to elect the government of Bolivia, to intervene in that country’s internal affairs? 

RELATED: Bolivia to Hold New General Elections in March 2020

The YouTube appeal was especially directed at New Democratic Party (NDP) MPs, who were elected with the support of the trade unions. “I’m appealing to the unions and the workers of Canada to put pressure on the NDP to take a stand against the Trudeau government, which is supporting this racist attack against Evo Morales.”

The appeal was also directed at the Bloc Québécois, which won more Quebec seats in Canada’s Parliament then Trudeau’s own Liberal Party. 

“We the people of Quebec and Canada, along with our Indigenous brothers and sisters in Canada cannot turn our back on the Indigenous people of Bolivia. Especially when some in Bolivia are burning the Wiphala flag, which is not only the symbol of the original peoples of Bolivia but the emblem of the whole region.”

“How would we feel if somebody somewhere decided to burn the Quebec or the Canadian flag? We must defend the people of Bolivia and take a strong position against Justin Trudeau’s interventionist, pro-imperialist policy,” I concluded.

Further to these and other appeals and comments on the social networks, responses started coming in. The first one of note appeared on the Facebook page of Natalia d’Agnese, an activist with Quebec’s left-wing Québec Solidaire party. She wrote: “Totally agree. The Canadian government is supporting a coup by a far-right, evangelistic, racist component of the opposition. Some Latin American countries have begun taking positions, including Mexico, Uruguay, the Argentine senate and its new president, and others.”

The Durham Region Labour Council (@DurhamRegionLC), representing the members of many affiliated unions of this Ontario city, announced: “We will be submitting an emergency resolution to be discussed at the @OFLabour convention in a few weeks to denounce @cafreeland's support of a coup in Bolivia. #ElMundoConEvo #GolpeDeEstadoBolivia”

Canada’s largest union, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), with over 680,000 members throughout the country, published a statement of its “concern about the developing situation in Bolivia, which has led to a coup.

“CUPE calls on the Government of Canada to recognize and respect the sovereignty of the Bolivian people to determine their own political future, without military or foreign interference. We further call on the Liberals to stop taking their foreign policy cues from some of the world’s most right-wing governments.

“We extend our solidarity and support to the Bolivian people who will be most affected by the social or economic instability that accompanies this attack on their democratic rights.”

The situation concerning this Latin American country is developing minute by minute. It is too early to draw conclusions; however, the initial reaction proves what has been stated in previous articles about Latin America: that a large majority of Canadians oppose US imperialism and its allies.

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More actions are urgently needed to solve crisis in Bolivia, UN says

United Nations, Nov 26 (Prensa Latina) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the start of the election process in Bolivia, but stated that more steps are needed to solve the crisis in that country.

Through a statement released on Monday, Guterres referred to this weekend's events in that State: the approval of a legislation to establish a new Supreme Electoral Tribunal that will convene general elections as soon as possible.

'The United Nations will be ready to support as appropriate,' the top multilateral agency representative said.

To move towards a peaceful and democratic solution to the crisis in Bolivia, we must avoid more violence and curb the rhetoric of intolerance, increase cooperation between all political forces and restore confidence among those affected by violent events.

My personal envoy to Bolivia, Jean Arnault, will continue working with the facilitators in order to support efforts in this regard, he said.

After the coup d'etat against Evo Morales, the de facto authorities -led by self-proclaimed president Jeanine Añez- unleashed a violent repression in which more than 30 people have already been killed.

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Evo Morales condemns dictatorship at news conference in Mexico City

Mexico City, November 21 (RHC)-- At a press conference held in Mexico City, Bolivia's President-in-exile Evo Morales on Wednesday analyzed the latest consequences of the coup d'etat that allowed opposition senator Jeanine Añez to proclaim herself as interim president.

The Movement to Socialism (MAS) leader began by highlighting that the victims of the repression carried out by the Police and the Army have increased over the last week.  "After the coup, they have killed about 30 people.  This massacre is part of genocide in our beloved Bolivia," Morales said and stressed: "They are killing my brothers and sisters."

Morales then presented a video in which the number of people killed, in different places and different dates, was detailed.  Bolivia's president-in-exile also warned that right-wing groups are trying to hide information about their fascist violence by stealing corpses and manipulating autopsies.

Morales recalled that during his administration, no one was shot dead until the day of his resignation; however, "now, we've seen how helicopters fire at people who are defending democracy."

Meanwhile, Bolivia's military-coup government was posting messages stating that "our military avoided a great tragedy and prevented thousands of El Alto people from dying."​​​​​​​  This paradoxical interpretation of what happened in Senkata on Tuesday, however, is part of a broader political strategy against Evo Morales and his supporters.

The Añez administration on Wednesday announced that it will file an international complaint against Evo Morales for "crimes against humanity."  Besides being blamed for organizing road blockades to prevent food from reaching several cities, the Indigenous leader is being accused of an alleged "possible" bomb attack at the Senkata refinery.  All these ​​​​​​​"destabilizing actions" would have been planned by Morales from Mexico and using his phone.​​​​​​​

In a new effort to halt chaos in the Andean country, the Socialist senator Efrain Chambi on Wednesday presented "the Exceptional and Transitional Bill for National and Subnational Elections," which was referred to the Constitution Commission for its analysis.

This happened shortly after the self-proclaimed president Añez threatened again to call elections through a decree, which would constitute a new rupture of the Bolivian constitution and laws.  On the calling for new elections, Morales said that "everything for peace" is admissible, although he also recalled that he won in the first round; therefore he invited the international community to conduct a new audit of the electoral results.

Regarding accusations that he would be fostering terrorism, the MAS leader said he did not know the details of the legal actions against him, which the Añez administration is or will be fostering.

Nevertheless, after recalling the experience of the Bolivian popular struggle in the 1980s and 1990s, Morales pointed out that such misleading practices "are typical of dictatorships."

Bolivia’s president-in exile ended his press conference in Mexico City asking the international community not to support the coup d'etat, that is, not be behave like the Organization of American States (OAS).

“International organizations should support the most humble and poor people,” Morales said and stressed that “we will democratically recover political power, as usual.”

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Michelle Bachelet: May God not forgive her

The Nazis who seized power in Bolivia vent their accumulated anger on their people. One of their latest misdeeds took place there, in Cochabamba where they conducted a massacre.

It joins the savage suppression carried out since the CIA ordered to unceremoniously eradicate all progressive traces in the region.

Another example in Honduras, which was followed by the coup attempts against Hugo Chávez in Venezuela.

Likewise, the cynical, blatant and current plot targeting Cuba and Nicaragua.

Much of the world has followed the Bolivian drama both angry and astonishingly.

En Cochabamba, ciudadanos rodean los féretros de los muertos en la represión de Sacaba.
At least five people dead and dozens more injured.

Nevertheless, the most shocking thing that has happened there so far is the flippancy with which Ms. Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), welcomed the events in that country.

She has written no single word repudiating the killings, wounds and tortures brought to light.

Should she believes in God, may him not forgive her.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / CubaSi Translation Staff




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Bolivia: Coup-Born Government Threatens Independent Journalists

Four Cuban officials were also accused of demonstrating against a de facto regime headed by Senator Jeanine Añez, who self-proclaimed president on Tuesday.

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

RELATED: ALBA-TCP Debates Coup in Bolivia

"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 officials were arrested and accused of demonstrating against the interim government headed by Senator Jeanine Añez, who self-proclaimed president on Nov. 12.

According to identity documents to which international journalists had access, however, the detainees are cooperating technicians who are part of the Cuban Medical Brigade.

Physician Ramon Emilio, economist Idalberto Delgado and electromedical engineer Amparo Lourdes are currently being held at the Police Operations Tactical Unit (UTOP) in La Paz. The fourth detainee's identity is not yet known.

@NoisyWrebelde
#LaOEAEsGolpista y deberá responder por su complicidad en los secuestros, torturas y muertes de ciudadanos bolivianos que resisten y denuncian el Golpe De Estado perpetrado con la injerencia de EEUU a Bolivia Basta de blindaje mediático 
 
Basta de blindaje mediático
Que la @ONU_es difunda e intervenga

The Organization of American States (OAS) is a coup plotter and must answer for its complicity in kidnappings, torture, and deaths of Bolivian citizens, who are resisting and denouncing Bolivia's coup d'etat that was executed with interference from the U.S. Enough of media censorship! The United Nations should disseminate information and intervene.

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 on Friday will hold 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 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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Bolivia: Let good sense prevail

Resigning is perhaps the wisest thing Evo Morales did. I say perhaps because his aim was to prevent a bloodshed in Bolivia, but I am not certain this will be achieved.

Nevertheless, what other option did he have left? To stick to his post to be branded, even more, as a dictator?

I visited that country twice, the last one barely two months ago, and I am fully aware that Evo Morales worked tirelessly for Bolivia’s growth. .

He handed over welfare facilities every day, from sports centers to irrigation systems and technology for the armed forces, and he even did so in different parts of the Bolivian geography on a same day.

Whenever he took the floor in those handing-over ceremonies, he reiterated his desire to be presented with new projects to carry them out. Under his tenure, Bolivia showed an unprecedented economic growth, and began to be recognized on the international scene as a sovereign nation.

In this case, the forces of law and order did not want to defend the Constitution and the much-trumpeted democracy. They stepped aside, and that’s why, hateful people get up to their old tricks. Isolated violent incidents have been reported, but things have not yet turned to terror, although that does not mean that they will not reach that stage, unfortunately.

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The police suppress protesters who oppose the coup d'état against Evo Morales, the legitimate president of Bolivia.

When the lowest feelings of the human being jump into the fray, everything is possible, and Evo’s leadership bothered many inside and outside Bolivia.

His resignation and that of his closest followers was a clear demonstration of their intentions to resolve everything peacefully. However, it seems that some did not find it enough, and want to brutalize those who have ruled the country in the last thirteen years.

What a coincidence that this always happens with left governments, with Lula, with Correa, with Maduro, and now with Evo. In Mexico, the PRI remained in office several decades in a row and a president was never toppled, in Paraquay, the Colorado Party as well. Presidents changed, but politics was the same. These are the most illustrative examples, but not the only ones in Latin American democracy.

But Evo is different, and his enemies are more powerful just because his work is more significant. I do not know what the near future holds in store for Bolivia, but I dare to say that sooner rather than later the Bolivians who celebrate today will regret it because their fate will soon change.

For the time being, I only want that good sense prevails, and violence is prevented. The blood that is shed will weigh on the conscience of the coup-plotters and racists.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / CubaSi Translation Staff

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Evo Morales says OAS is a tool of the U.S. empire

Bolivia's President Evo Morales denounced Wednesday the Organization of American States for being at the service of the United States and contributing to his country's political crisis.

"The OAS is not at the service of the Latin American peoples and even less of its social movements.  It is at the service of the U.S. empire," Morales said from Mexico City, where he is currently residing as a political refugee after being forced to resign on Sunday.

Meanwhile, due to massive demonstrations that have paralyzed La Paz, the Bolivian Parliament could not meet to formally process the resignation of Evo Morales, who is still the country's president.

Right-wing opposition politicians, however, summoned themselves to a meeting in the former Mining Bank at the Murillo Square, where only people who support the coup were allowed to enter.

In an absolutely notorious and public way, the Police gathered around the private building to prevent the entry of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) Senator and First President of the Senate Adriana Salvatierra, who under the Constitution is next in presidential succession line after Morales and ousted Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera.

On Wednesday, Salvatierra said she is willing to install the parliamentary session and assume the presidency of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.
 
Thousands of Bolivians are demonstrating in rejection of the coup against President Morales, which was orchestrated by opposition leaders Luis Fernando Camacho and Carlos Mesa.  "We are not afraid!  We are not afraid!” the Bolivian farmers and workers shouted as Air Force planes flew menacingly over their massive demonstration in downtown La Paz.

To prevent further violations of the Bolivian constitution, progressive social movements have been demanding that the Legislature not be installed in session to consummate the coup d'etat.  Parliament suspended the session Tuesday as there was no quorum, but Senator Jeanine Añez, proclaimed herself as "Interim President."

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Argentina's Congress to Discuss Texts Rejecting Coup in Bolivia

Lawmakers want President Macri to break his silence and demand the restitution of democracy in Bolivia.

Argentina's Chamber of Deputies and Senate on Wednesday will hold sessions in which lawmakers will urge President Mauricio Macri to reject the coup against Evo Morales, demand the restitution of the constitutional order, condemn human rights violations and provide asylum to deposed officials.

RELATED: Massive Mobilization in Buenos Aires Against Coup in Bolivia

“As Argentinians who have a deep tradition of peace and respect for the people's will, we urge the executive power to speak out against the civic-military coup which has interrupted the democratic and constitutional order,” says the draft text that will be discussed.

On Tuesday, lawmakers from Victory Front (FPV), Renovator Front (FR), Network for Argentina, Evita Movement, We Are (Somos), Left and Workers Front (FIT), and Republican Proposal (PRO) presented five draft texts related to the political situation in Bolivia.

Among these are pronouncements to halt the coup and the interference of the army, appeal to the restoration of democracy, and reject systematic human rights violations. 

The calls in both houses of the Parliament were motivated by the silence that the Macri administration has maintained so far with regard to the Bolivian events, which Argentinian lawmakers have described as "intolerable facts which cannot be accepted under any circumstances or with any excuse."

@zoolooy Another right-wing Millionaire backed a fascist coup funded by USA/CIA disposes a leftist government, this time a blonde #Racist is put in charge who swore herself in on a "Bible" as "President" + declared: she dreams of #Bolivia "free of indigenous satanic rites." #BoliviaGolpe
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The meme reads, “I dream of Bolivia free from indigenous satanic rites. The city is not for indigenous persons. They should go to either the high-elevation plateau (Altiplano) or the lowland plain (Chaco)!!"

Meanwhile, the right-wing, religious fundamentalist senator Jeanine Añez, who proclaimed herself as Bolivas's interim president and received her command from the army, will face her first serious political challenge.

The deadline given by the Bolivian Workers Central (COB) to restore democracy expires on Wednesday, amidst a presidential succession that cannot be easily consolidated because it was carried out by breaking several legal procedures.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

For instance, with the intention of legitimizing an act of succession that occurred without the legally required quorum, Añez cited article 170 of the Bolivian Constitution according to which the President can be dismissed from his duties in case of death, resignation, absence or definitive impediment.​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​If this politically-driven interpretation of the constitutional text does not achieve greater support among citizens, however, the COB could initiate an indefinite strike.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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