Evo Morales vows to return to Bolivia

Havana, December 9 (RHC)-- The democratically-elected President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, congratulated the Movement for Socialism (MAS) Party after having successfully completed its assembly, in which he endorsed its democratic vocation and presented its plan of political struggle to recover the government from the new far-right regime.

Through his Twitter account on Sunday, Morales said: "We are not alone in Bolivia or in the world, fighting with the truth for our dignity, united by life and democracy."

Morales, who received political asylum in Mexico after the coup d'etat against him in November, was appointed national campaign chief of the MAS-IPSP (Political Instrument for the Sovereignty of the Peoples) to the national elections of 2020.

From Cuba, Morales spoke by telephone to the supporters of the political institute, assuring them that he will soon return to win the elections, "whether he wants to be right or not." 

The Bolivian leader, who left Bolivia on November 10 to avoid a "bloodbath" when repression against his supporters intensified after the coup d'etat, asked the MAS members for unity at the end of yesterday's first extraordinary national expanded in Cochabamba.

“I want to tell you, sisters and brothers, for now I am temporarily out of the country.  Any moment, whether I want to do it or not, whatever they say, whatever they do, I will soon be in Bolivia so that together we can face the elections and win them, as we have always done," Morales said.

Over the weekend, the MAS carried out a national congress to assess the political situation in the face of the 2020 general elections.  At the meeting, leaders from different social sectors expressed their support for Morales, whom they referred to as "their president."

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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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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? 

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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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Evo Morales says the Bolivian people will prevail against U.S. and Israeli-backed coup

Mexico City, December 2 (RHC)-- From exile in Mexico City, Evo Morales has said that the Bolivian people will continue their fight against an American and Israeli backed military coup in the country and ultimately prevail.

The coup government, "assisted by Israel and the U.S., will prepare itself [to stifle resistance], but when a nation rises, no system can stop it, like the Bolivian nation which has risen in quest for truth, unity and freedom,” Morales said during an exclusive interview with Iran’s Spanish-language television channel HispanTV.

Morales was forced to resign on November 10th under pressure from the country's armed forces after the US-backed opposition there rejected the October election results.  He was granted asylum in Mexico.

Evo Morales has described his ouster as a coup and said there is evidence that Washington orchestrated it.  The former Bolivian also says that the United States opposes his return to Bolivia.

Earlier this week, Bolivia's self-proclaimed interim president, Jeanine Anez, signed a law preventing Morales from participating in a new election, which is expected to be held in upcoming months.  Interior Minister Arturo Murillo has hinted that the self-appointed government may seek to imprison Evo, accusing him -- without any evidence -- of terrorism and sedition.

Speaking to HispanTV, however, Evo Morales explained that his “biggest crime was returning hope to the Bolivian people,” as his economic policies had benefited the Bolivian people to the detriment of certain political and business figures.  “Be sure that under the orders of Washington, the right-wing party will not allow me to return,” he said, adding that “my crime is defending the oppressed, the workers and the indigenous peoples.”

“This is why I fear nothing and if anything happens to me or if I am arrested while returning [to Bolivia], the main culprit is the fascist right which carried out the coup, and secondly the United States,” he said.

Promising a strong movement against the coup government and stressing his right to participate in new elections, Morales did not specify if he would ultimately run for office or return to Bolivia in the near future.  “With Evo or without Evo, we will guarantee the freedom of the Bolivian people,” he said, calling on all “idigenous, workers and everyone to be alert and try to regain political power” in order to protect the “interests of the nation.”

Morales vowed that the Bolivian nation will unite almost unanimously against the “self-appointed government” in the near future once it starts implementing its “neoliberal’ economic policies which are “dictated from abroad.”   During the interview, Evo sent his “regards to all truth seekers within the international community" and "compatriots who are fighting for democracy.”

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Evo Morales says the struggle has not ended

Mexico City, November 27 (RHC)-- Bolivia’s exiled President Evo Morales reaffirms that "the struggle does not end here," referring to resistance to the November 10th coup and the establishment of a right-wing government in the South American nation.

The president, who was granted asylum in Mexico, gave a speech during a meeting with students of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), in which Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera and Minister of Health Gabriela Montaño also participated.

"It hurts [to see] so many lost families and how they [the right] are destroying what we have built for the economic liberation," Morales expressed, deploring the death of more than 30 people, as well as the dozens of wounded as a result of the repression carried out against protesters by armed and security forces.

The Bolivian leader reminded the audience that when he assumed the presidency, the country had a high rate of extreme poverty, basic services were almost all privatized and economic development was not as advanced.  He recalled that the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) represented $9 billion when he won the elections for the first time, while it exceeds today $49 billion, allowing for a better redistribution of wealth among Bolivians.

"Of the 13 years of government we led, Bolivia was during six years the first country in economic growth in the region,” the president said.  The former president also denounced the neoliberal interests of the political actors that carried out the coup, as well as the “fascist and racist” practices of the right-wing political factions towards the Indigenous communities, and the violent attacks against the Movement toward Socialism's (Evo's party) supporters, who keep protesting in the streets against the newly self-proclaimed government.

The Bolivian leader also said that the country under former right-wing presidents who studied in the United States to go back home and apply their neoliberal policies, steal the natural resources and dominate and subdue the people in order to be the loyal to Washington's policies in the region.

Evo Morales went on to recall how his three consecutive administrations brought power and dignity to the marginalized groups in a country that was characterized by high levels of inequalities and segregation.   During his 14 years in power, Evo implemented policies that promoted steady growth and government investment in social spending.

The nationalizations and fights against privatization allowed the transfer of revenue into the hands of the government which was able to inject that money into public infrastructure.

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Illegitimate Bolivian government attempts to sue Evo Morales

The illegitimate government of Bolivia has introduced a criminal lawsuit against President Evo Morales, exiled in Mexico, for alleged sedition, terrorism and three other crimes.

The accusations were filed by Arturo Murillo, appointed as Interior Minister by the coup-installed government.  They are based on the recording of an alleged telephone conversation between Morales and a leader of the Tropic of Cochabamba identified as Faustino Yucra.  According to the audio, the head of Movement to Socialism allegedly urges Yucra to organize blockades in the country to demand the resignation of Senator Jeanine Áñez, the self-proclaimed interim president.

"Unfortunately we are under terrorist harassment that wants to kill Bolivians from hunger and we will not allow it," said Murillo, when he left the Prosecutor's Office.

Morales, on the other hand, has indicated that this accusation against him is false and corresponds to an attempt to harm him after the undemocratic affront that is brewing in his country.

"For the social movements that fight for life and democracy, the Prosecutor's Office initiates ex officio investigations, seeded evidence and manipulated recordings, but for 30 brothers shot in Bolivia, there is no investigation, anyone responsible or detained," the indigenous president tweeted.

Regarding the criminal complaint, Attorney General Juan Lanchipa informed the press that an investigation has been initiated to verify the accuracy of the audio.  He said they asked the Bolivian state-owned telecommunications company Entel for data to determine if the telephone number through which communication was established "belongs to the State or is for private use."

Lanchipa also reported that they will notify the Mexican Foreign Ministry about the investigation against Morales.

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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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Evo Morales denies coup regime is a transitional government

Mexico, Nov 20 (Prensa Latina) Former Bolivian president Evo Morales on Tuesday rejected claims that the regime installed by force in La Paz, headed by Senator Jeanine Añez, is a transitional government, as the coup leaders want the public to believe.

From his political asylum in Mexico, Morales warned his compatriots in a tweet that this is a de facto regime, not a transitional government.

'With repression, they are killing our Bolivian brothers and sisters. It is a government of betrayal of the Homeland with intervention in our Revolution. In times of dictatorship, we should remain united,' he posted on his Twitter account @evoespueblo.

Morales previously asked 'the military patriots and nationalists to stop using the equipment we provided them with resources obtained thanks to the people's struggle against our Bolivian brothers. The Armed Forces must not tarnish their honor with the people's blood to uphold a de facto government.'

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