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Nov 11 - 5 Fast Facts About the Military Coup in Bolivia and What You Can Do
 

 
Despite what the mainstream media headlines would have you believe, a coup is underway in Bolivia.



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The United States is currently backing a military coup against Bolivia’s first indigenous president, Evo Morales, who recently won re-election. Bolivia has enjoyed relative calm during the length of Morales’ presidency which began in January 2006. In 2008, Morales expelled the U.S. ambassador and counter-narcotics agents. The two countries have not had an ambassadorial relationship since 2009.

Despite what the mainstream media headlines would have you believe, a military coup is underway in Bolivia. Morales was forced to step down in an attempt to avert further violence and destruction at the ends of the violent right-wing opposition.

Sunday night’s headlines read:

“Bolivian Leader Evo Morales Steps Down”

“Bolivian President Evo Morales steps down following accusations of election fraud“

“President of Bolivia steps down amid allegations of election rigging”

“Bolivia’s Morales resigns amid scathing election report, rising protests”

“Bolivian President Evo Morales resigns amid fraud poll protests”

Nowhere in these headlines do we see the word “coup” or any mention of the history or the violence at the hands of the opposition that includes the burning of a governor’s home, the dragging of a mayor through the streets after her hair was cut off and her body painted red, and most recently the destruction of Evo Morales’ home.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Evo Morales won re-election on October 20th
A Bolivian court gave Morales the “green light” to run for a fourth term as president after opponents said doing so would be unconstitutional. Bolivians went to the polls on October 20, only weeks ago, to select their president. When all was said and done, Morales walked away with 47.1 percent of the vote while his main opponent, who came in second place, had 36.5 percent of the vote. Because Morales secured more than 40 percent and had higher than a 10-point margin over the runner up, in accordance with the rules, a first-round win was declared with no need for a runoff.



2. Reports of election fraud are unfounded
Even before the election was concluded, Mesa declared that he would not accept the results if Morales were declared the winner.


The following day, after much outrage from the opposition, the Organization of American States (OAS) released a statement. While the statement did say that the elections took place in a “peaceful and orderly manner,” the OAS expressed “its deep concern and surprise at the drastic and hard-to-explain change in the trend of the preliminary results revealed after the closing of the polls.”

The statement failed to include any actual evidence or data.

Prior to that statement, Senator Marco Rubio tweeted the following false information:


The main criticism of the OAS is the significant increase in votes for Morales that came in near the end of the count. While this can sometimes be a red flag, simply looking at the voting records shows that it is a result of the geography of Bolivia. Morales has more support in poor and rural areas, areas whose votes often come in later.

The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) said in a statement on Friday:

“Statistical analysis of election returns and tally sheets from Bolivia’s October 20 elections shows no evidence that irregularities or fraud affected the official result that gave President Evo Morales a first-round victory.”

It should be noted that the OAS was created by a U.S. official and anti-communist leaders from South America in 1948 with the sole purpose of disputing democratic elections in which a communist or socialist candidate wins. In effect, the OAS is an agent of regime change, often driven by US imperialism.

In 2000, the OAS flip-flopped on Haiti’s national election, first declaring it “a great success” before changing their position, paving the way for Washington’s regime change efforts of 2000-04 that resulted in the murder of thousands of people. The OAS then interfered in Haiti’s 2010 election by literally reversing the results.

Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, recognized the U.S.-backed opposition leader and self declared “interim president” of Venezuela in January, just prior to the failed coup attempt.



3. Carlos Mesa has a cozy relationship with the U.S.
Morales’ main opponent, Carlos Mesa, served as president of Bolivia from 2003-2005. U.S. hostilities against Bolivia have increased steadily since Mesa left office and he is Washington’s preferred candidate.

Government cables released by WikiLeaks reveal communications between Mesa and U.S. officials.


4. 50-70% of the world’s lithium supply is found in Bolivia
Some have called Bolivia the “Saudi Arabia of lithium.” The global demand for the alkali metal has steadily increased as technology such as cell phones, laptops, and hybrid cars have become woven into the fabric of our everyday lives. And the demand for it isn’t expected to slow anytime soon.

Bolivia has invested significantly in lithium mining in the country with Morales having once said:

“With the exploitation of lithium in a 400 sq km area, we’ll have enough to maintain ourselves for a century.”

But those same salt flats are also a major nature reserve that includes flamingos, cacti, geysers, and hot springs. Thousands of tourists visit the area each year to enjoy the hot springs.

Foreign companies have repeatedly expressed interest in Bolivia’s mining operations, but Morales has been understandably wary of foreign intervention. Bolivia has been left one of the poorest countries in Latin America despite possessing large reserves of oil and gas as well as the world’s largest silver mine.

As the world attempts to transition to greener fuels, it should come as no surprise that eyes are on Bolivia and its massive lithium supply.



5. Evo Morales opposes U.S. imperialism in Latin America
And most importantly, Evo Morales has been in direct opposition of U.S. imperialism throughout his entire presidency. In 2016, Morales opened an “anti-imperialist” military academy in direct opposition to U.S. policies and military involvement throughout Latin America, to counter the influence of the School of the Americas. Morales said:

“If the empire teaches domination of the world from its military schools, we will learn from this school to free ourselves from imperial oppression.

We want to build anti-colonial and anti-capitalist thinking with this school that binds the armed forces to social movements and counteracts the influence of the School of the Americas that always saw the indigenous as internal enemies.”

Morales is not shy when it comes to his criticism of the United States, having stated that the U.S. promotes global terrorism through military interventions.
At a United Nations Security Council meeting, he explained:

“I would like to say to you, frankly and openly here, that in no way is the United States interested in upholding democracy. If such were the case it would not have financed coups d’etat and supported dictators. It would not have threatened with military intervention democratically elected governments as it has done with Venezuela. The United States could not care less about human rights or justice. If this were the case, it would have signed the international conventions and treaties that have protected human rights.It would not have threatened the investigation mechanism of the International Criminal Court, nor would it promote the use of torture, nor would it have walked away from the Human Rights Council. And nor would it have separated migrant children from their families, nor put them in cages.”

Morales went on to say, “Each time that the United States invades nations, launches missiles, or finances regime change, it does so behind a propaganda campaign which incessantly repeats the message that it is acting in the course of justice, freedom and democracy, in the cause of human rights or for humanitarian reasons.”

And in 2017, Morales declared that Bolivia had “total independence” from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.



Such a move automatically makes a country a potential target for regime change efforts.

Many leaders from around the world have described the situation in Bolivia as a military coup.










If it looks like a coup and it smells like a coup.. it’s probably a coup. So what can we do about it?

There are many ways to challenge the mainstream narrative and they’re all important. Be sure to share independent media articles like this one, read the news coming from both sides of the conflict and verify their sources, talk to your friends and family about what’s happening, and learn more about the history of U.S. imperialism in Latin America.

As news of the violent military coup spreads, supporters of Evo Morales, the people of Bolivia, and democracy are standing up to say #HandsOffBolivia. Attend an emergency protest planned in one of the following cities:

Washington DC | 11/11 at 12 PM – 1:30 PM

New York City | 11/11 at 4 PM

San Francisco | 11/11 at 5:30 PM – 6:30PM

Philadelphia | 11/11 at 4 PM – 6PM

Los Angeles | 11/11 at 4:30PM – 6:30PM

Baltimore | 11/11 at 5 PM – 6 PM

Miami | 11/11 at 4 PM – 6 PM

Albuquerque | 11/11 at 4 PM – 6 PM

London | 11/11 at 5 PM – 8 PM UTC

Toronto | 11/12 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM

Boston | 11/12 at 5:30 PM – 7 PM

London | 11/13 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM

Las Vegas | 11/16 at 10 AM

Boston | 11/16 at 1 PM – 2 PM

Manchester | 11/16 at 12PM – 3PM UTC

Washington DC | 11/16 at 12PM | White House

Attending a protest and spreading the truth is one way to help resist the coup in Bolivia. If enough of us stand up to challenge the mainstream narrative, the damage can still be undone.



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 4 weeks ago '16        #2
Aztlan 
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Only a matter of time.

Devil fu*ks.

Evo didn't deserve this sh*t. And every sellout that supported the coup will regret it when thousands more die and the country gets sold out to foreign companies.


Last edited by Aztlan; 11-11-2019 at 07:08 PM..
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 4 weeks ago '18        #3
dikfour 
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let me get this straight

1. Evo tried to get rid of his term limits according to their Constitution in 2016 through a referendum so he could stay president and the people voted against it. But then their Supreme Court decided to get rid of term limits anyway.

2. Evo just won this 2019 election, but some think it was rigged because they stopped the count for a whole day then the next day Evo was up by 10 points. However, when you look at the remaining districts this matches the prediction trends forecasted prior.

So my questions are did the Supreme Court have the authority to end term limits allowing Evo to run again (they probably did). And if you're going to say the votes were rigged you gonna have to give proof.
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 4 weeks ago '11        #4
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2nd largest reserve of lithium, definitely sounds like they needed some democracy
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 4 weeks ago '17        #5
lucifershammer 
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Extending term limits is some dictator sh*t

Hence the response
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 4 weeks ago '16        #6
Aztlan 
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 lucifershammer said
Extending term limits is some dictator sh*t

Hence the response
You think him extending term limits a second time was the proverbial straw that broke the camels back?

How many terms would FDR have had to win to be considered a dictator?

 4 weeks ago '17        #7
lucifershammer 
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 Aztlan said
You think him extending term limits a second time was the proverbial straw that broke the camels back?

How many terms would FDR have had to win to be considered a dictator?
He gave his political enemies all the ammunition they need. There are strong sensitivities about such cuz of the history of dictator behavior.



An FDR didn't break the law or or change a law. He just broke tradition
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 4 weeks ago '16        #8
Aztlan 
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 lucifershammer said
He gave his political enemies all the ammunition they need. There are strong sensitivities about such cuz of the history of dictator behavior.



An FDR didn't break the law or or change a law. He just broke tradition
Him being a leftist leader not beholden to the IMF or United States was all the ammunition they needed. They just finally got their coup together. Surprised it took so long.

Changing the law democratically doesn't make one a dictator imo. I think strict term limits work better here in the states than in some of these 3rd world countries. With the rampant corruption and selling out, they need to ride their great leaders till the wheels fall off.
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 4 weeks ago '18        #9
dikfour 
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 Aztlan said
Him being a leftist leader not beholden to the IMF or United States was all the ammunition they needed. They just finally got their coup together. Surprised it took so long.

Changing the law democratically doesn't make one a dictator imo. I think strict term limits work better here in the states than in some of these 3rd world countries. With the rampant corruption and selling out, they need to ride their great leaders till the wheels fall off.
this is the crux of the issue for me to take a stance either way. i can see the arguments of both sides. the people voted on a referendum to extend term limits and the people voted NO. but Supreme Court said YES go ahead and extend term limits. and that may be perfectly legal according to their constitution. i have no idea.
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 4 weeks ago '16        #10
Aztlan 
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 dikfour said
this is the crux of the issue for me to take a stance either way. i can see the arguments of both sides. the people voted on a referendum to extend term limits and the people voted NO. but Supreme Court said YES go ahead and extend term limits. and that may be perfectly legal according to their constitution. i have no idea.
The fact they even held a referendum says a lot too. And he still pulled 47% of the vote.

Xi had his own party vote to remove term limits, people be damned.


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 4 weeks ago '15        #11
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 Aztlan said
Only a matter of time.

Devil fu*ks.

Evo didn't deserve this sh*t. And every sellout that supported the coup will regret it when thousands more die and the country gets sold out to foreign companies.

Just curious if you been paying attention to this whole ordeal before this thread. I haven’t. And for some reason feel you know your sht. By no means am I gonna form a whole opinion just based on your viewpoints.
But do take your view points with some merit. I know I don’t see eye to eye with everything. But respect your opinion more than most on here. So wanna know if this your just knee jerk reaction from OP or comes from knowing the real situation.

Just checkin n stuff. None this sht really gonna matter in my life. But just like opinions and knowledge from people that not in the media.

 4 weeks ago '18        #12
dikfour 
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 Aztlan said
The fact they even held a referendum says a lot too. And he still pulled 47% of the vote.

Xi had his own party vote to remove term limits, people be damned.
well technically almost everyone in China is in the CCP and I wouldn't be surprised if that vote was held similarly to Bolivia's

 4 weeks ago '16        #13
Aztlan 
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 DamianDragunov said
Just curious if you been paying attention to this whole ordeal before this thread. I haven’t. And for some reason feel you know your sht. By no means am I gonna form a whole opinion just based on your viewpoints.
But do take your view points with some merit. I know I don’t see eye to eye with everything. But respect your opinion more than most on here. So wanna know if this your just knee jerk reaction from OP or comes from knowing the real situation.

Just checkin n stuff. None this sht really gonna matter in my life. But just like opinions and knowledge from people that not in the media.
Evo isn't perfect, not at all. He has a lot of questionable sh*t on his record and his environmental record is pretty sh*tty for an Indigenous American.

I was stunned about the election fraud allegations because everything I've read through the years is about how Evo is slowly turning the country around. Poverty going down, their energy industry is growing without selling out, and hes done a lot for the indigenous people there.

He's hands down better than the right-wing alternative they're pushing.

How do you win an election by over 10 points with nearly 50% of the vote and deserve to be ousted?
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 4 weeks ago '12        #14
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 lucifershammer said
Extending term limits is some dictator sh*t

Hence the response
 lucifershammer said
He gave his political enemies all the ammunition they need. There are strong sensitivities about such cuz of the history of dictator behavior.



An FDR didn't break the law or or change a law. He just broke tradition
So what do you think about Putins actions? Since 2000 hes ran Russia...even when be fake stepped down he forced himself in as prime minister then took the leadership role back, even dismantled opposing parties that were rising
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 4 weeks ago '17        #15
lucifershammer 
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 OldBusiness said
So what do you think about Putins actions? Since 2000 hes ran Russia...even when be fake stepped down he forced himself in as prime minister then took the leadership role back, even dismantled opposing parties that were rising
Hez a dictator

Russia has never had a fair election
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 4 weeks ago '14        #16
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Another commie sh*t hole failing. Add it to the pile.

Evo pulled a Xi (Xi pulled a Putin) and attempted to make himself King. Now you’re going to have a bunch of f*g**t liberals protesting the response.
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 4 weeks ago '04        #17
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dont trust mainstream media trust themindunleashed ?

thats a conspiracy site
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 4 weeks ago '17        #18
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Was wondering why we cared n I didn't think they had oil n read lithium. Ahh yes lithium, they got what we need to power our Phone, Nest n Ring devices.
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 4 weeks ago '10        #19
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Surprised no one did fact #6.

This is who was Bolivia's (acting) president for about a day after Morales "resigned."




Salvatierra is like the Bolivian AOC.

The military has since installed an old woman that has ties to Colombia (she's married to a Columbian politician). She is (was?) a member of the opposition party, Democrat Social Movement. Despite its name, they are a right wing party. Sort of how the Jamaican Labour Party is the right wing in Jamaica. Despite its name.

Jeanine Áńez was fifth in line of succession. With Morales and a lot of his fellow party members being removed she was pushed to the top spot. She nor Salvatierra are Bolivia's first female presidents. Before Morales, they had a rotating group of people holding the spot. Most didn't last more than a year or two. Morales predecessor, Mesa, wasn't even elected. He was VP and got installed when the president was pushed out.

Yes. Bolivian politics is a mess. People outside the country probably think this is a bigger deal than Bolivians do. To them, this is business as usual.
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 4 weeks ago '06        #20
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If all this true then why are the military and police standing with the people against morales? He tried to force them to be violent against the protesters n they refused n joined the protesters in support.

Clearly this man did everything he could to keep power as it was running out n latin Americans know the history of such moves more than any. Going to a state controlled supreme court to circumvent their constitution is enough to step down imo
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 4 weeks ago '16        #21
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 dikfour said
well technically almost everyone in China is in the CCP and I wouldn't be surprised if that vote was held similarly to Bolivia's
He lost the referendum 51% to 49% with 5.5 million votes cast.

China's legislature nixed term limits with two nays and 3 abstaining.

 4 weeks ago '16        #22
Aztlan 
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If all this true then why are the military and police standing with the people against morales? He tried to force them to be violent against the protesters n they refused n joined the protesters in support.

Clearly this man did everything he could to keep power as it was running out n latin Americans know the history of such moves more than any. Going to a state controlled supreme court to circumvent their constitution is enough to step down imo
You're asking why a military in Latin America would stage a coup against a leftist leader?
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 4 weeks ago '06        #23
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 Aztlan said
You're asking why a military in Latin America would stage a coup against a leftist leader?
No im clearly asking why the people who are protesting morales, included in those are young students (typically lean left) are having the police stand with them not agaisnt them.

The reason while he started down a great path in 2009, in more recent years he became more concerned with consolidating power than empowering the people. He installed a Skeleton court system, put loyalists in power positions, and tried to go around the constitution after a failed referendum.

This is always the issue with socialism eventually the person in charge does not want to give up that power to the people

 4 weeks ago '16        #24
Aztlan 
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No im clearly asking why the people who are protesting morales, included in those are young students (typically lean left) are having the police stand with them not agaisnt them.

The reason while he started down a great path in 2009, in more recent years he became more concerned with consolidating power than empowering the people. He installed a Skeleton court system, put loyalists in power positions, and tried to go around the constitution after a failed referendum.

This is always the issue with socialism eventually the person in charge does not want to give up that power to the people
Going to the supreme court is not going around the constitution, though I don't disagree with your claims of his efforts to consolidate power. Thats very obvious.

The police were clashing with those same protestors days before rebelling. They were clearly co-opted by the right-wing coup. They merely picked the winning side. Now those same forces are clashing with Evo supporters.

Evo got 49% of the vote in the referendum and nearly 48% in the election. He still has a huge base of support, larger than the opposition. Which is why I suspect Mesa rejected holding another election. They just wanted to drum up the propaganda.

And in Latin America, it's common for non-socialist leaders to reject term limits as well. Its not solely a socialism problem, more of a sign of the political chaos that is Latin America.
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 4 weeks ago '06        #25
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 Aztlan said
Going to the supreme court is not going around the constitution, though I don't disagree with your claims of his efforts to consolidate power. Thats very obvious.

The police were clashing with those same protestors days before rebelling. They were clearly co-opted by the right-wing coup. They merely picked the winning side. Now those same forces are clashing with Evo supporters.

Evo got 49% of the vote in the referendum and nearly 48% in the election. He still has a huge base of support, larger than the opposition. Which is why I suspect Mesa rejected holding another election. They just wanted to drum up the propaganda.

And in Latin America, it's common for non-socialist leaders to reject term limits as well. Its not solely a socialism problem, more of a sign of the political chaos that is Latin America.
The problem is that supreme court is full of loyalists he put in place. So the ruling itself is a joke. Ill agree he has support but a referendum to ammend a constitution should carry overwhelming majority. The results of the election are no doubt questionable. If there was a 24 hour pause on ballot counting over here what would people say?

I think the main issue around another election is how can the govt be trusted if u believe the last election was fraudulent? Not saying i do just seeing that side of the argument.

Yes very common in latin America but does not mean i agree with it, these limits are in place because power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

And you are correct i worded that last bit poorly, i didn't mean only socialists try to consolidate power, clearly fascists do too.
I meant the reason i dont feel socialism will work is because the party in charge will always need to be in charge. Never truly handing over the means of production
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