November 13, 2019 "Information
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days before Evo Morales stepped down as Bolivia’s
president audio tapes were published implicating
opposition politicians, the US embassy and American
senators in a coup plot.
Among those US senators mentioned in the leaked
tapes by the Bolivian politicians seeking Morales’
ouster were Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, according to a
report by Telesur.
The whole scenario fits Washington’s
standard-operating procedure for instigating coups
or regime change against governments it disapproves
of. Bolivia’s socialist president Evo Morales was in
Washington’s cross-hairs for toppling.
What has happened in Bolivia is
similar to the US-backed violent protests which
earlier this year rocked the socialist government of
President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela. Fortunately
for Maduro, the Venezuelan military has remained
loyal to the constitution and was not turned by
Unfortunately for Morales, however, sufficient
pressure was exerted on the Bolivian military and
police. When those institutions called for Morales
to step down on Sunday, he did so in order to spare
his nation from further deadly conflict. “The coup
mongers are destroying the rule of law,” said
Morales, who was re-elected for a fourth term on
Several countries have denounced what they see as
a coup against the democratically elected leader.
Russia, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela and Argentina have
all condemned the subversion of Bolivia’s
When Morales won the election last month, the
Organisation of American States (OAS)
alleged “manipulation” of the voting system.
Such claims by the OAS were predictable because it
has long served as a pro-Washington agency which is
vehemently opposed to left-wing governments in Latin
America. Critics call it a relic of the Cold War.
The organization has spearheaded international
criticism of the Venezuelan government and served to
whip up public disturbances earlier this year in
that country which challenged the elected president,
Nicolas Maduro. The orchestrated coup in Venezuela
has since subsided over recent months.
Washington supplies the OAS with 60 per cent of
its financial budget. It is, therefore, a tool for
promoting US geopolitical interests across Latin
America, as amply noted by the Grayzone.
Its meddling in Bolivia seems to have succeeded,
unlike its failed attempts in Venezuela.
The allegations of voting fraud in Bolivia gave
immediate fuel for street protests by rightwing
groups loyal to opposition politicians. Those
opposition factions are linked to the past
oligarchic regimes which ran Bolivia before Morales
came to power in 2006.
Morales was the first indigenous president in a
country which has traditionally been dominated by a
ruling class associated with Spanish colonialists.
His policies gained much international praise for
lifting millions of Bolivians out of poverty,
especially the indigenous people who had
historically been marginalized by the ruling elite.
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For the past three weeks, since the
designated Morales as the clear winner,
Bolivia has been convulsed by extreme
violence. Protesters attacked members of
Morales’ party, burning homes and
offices and intimidating journalists
from broadcasting the scenes of anarchy
on the streets. It is reported that one
of Morales’ family relatives was
kidnapped at the weekend.
Given the reign of terror threatening to destroy
the country, the president was compelled to
relinquish power at the weekend.
The implication of US senators
colluding with Bolivia’s rightwing opposition to
create a climate of hate and fear is straight out of
the same playbook for subversion that Washington has
used most recently in Venezuela and in dozens of
other countries around the world. The coup d’état
that occurred in Ukraine in February 2014 leading to
a takeover by neo-Nazi parties is just one other
The irony is that Washington and its European
partners are consumed with accusations made against
Russia for allegedly interfering in their political
systems. US and European media relentlessly claim
with scant evidence that Moscow is running
“influence campaigns” to distort elections.
Just this week the New York Times has published
yet another report in a recent series of reports
alleging that Russia is cranking up interference and
meddling in African states.
Meanwhile, the evidence is glaring that the US
has just moved blatantly to destroy the democratic
process in Bolivia, to terrorize a nation and
blackmail its president to resign. Yet Western media
dutifully turn off that narrative to keep chasing
their fantasies about Russia. Another illustration
of why corporate Western media are more accurately
defined as propaganda channels, not news outlets.
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