Bolivian President to Sue US Govt for Crimes Against Humanity
Clearing House - "RT"
- Bolivian President Evo Morales will file a lawsuit against the
US government for crimes against humanity. He has decried the US
for its intimidation tactics and fear-mongering after the
Venezuelan presidential jet was blocked from entering US
“I would like to announce that we are preparing a lawsuit
against Barack Obama to condemn him for crimes against
humanity,” said President Morales at a
press conference in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz. He branded
the US president as a “criminal” who violates
solidarity with Venezuela, Bolivia will begin preparing a
lawsuit against the US head of state to be taken to the
international court. Furthermore, Morales has called an
emergency meeting of the Community of Latin American and
Caribbean States (CELAC) to discuss what has been condemned by
Venezuela as “an act of intimidation by North American
Bolivian president has suggested that the members of CELAC
withdraw their ambassadors from the US to send a message to the
Obama Administration. As an additional measure he will call on
the member nations of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas
to boycott the next meeting of the UN. Members of the Alliance
include Antigua and Barbuda, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Nicaragua,
Venezuela and Saint Lucia.
“The US cannot be allowed to continue with its policy of
intimidation and blockading presidential flights,” stressed
The Venezuelan government announced on Thursday that President
Nicolas Maduro’s plane had been denied entry into Puerto
Rican (US) airspace.
“We have received the information from American officials
that we have been denied travel over its airspace,”
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said, speaking to
reporters during an official meeting with his South African
counterpart. Jaua decried the move “as yet another act of
aggression on the part of North American imperialism against the
government of the Bolivarian Republic.”
President Maduro was due to arrive in Beijing this weekend for
bilateral talks with the Chinese government. Jaua was adamant
that the Venezuelan leader would reach his destination,
regardless of any perceived interference.
The US government has not yet made any statement regarding the
closing of its airspace to the Venezuelan presidential plane.
Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the US.
on the rocks
Washington’s relations with Latin America have deteriorated
since the beginning of the year following the aerial blockade
that forced Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plane to land in
Austria in July. Several EU countries closed their airspace to
the presidential jet because of suspicions that former CIA
employee Edward Snowden - wanted in the US on espionage charges
- was on board. Bolivia alleged that the US was behind the
In response to the incident, Latin American leaders joined
together in condemnation of what they described as
Later in the year, the revelations on the US’ global spy network
released by Edward Snowden did little to improve relations.
Leaked wires revealed that the National Security Agency (NSA)
had monitored the private communications of both the Brazilian
and Mexican presidents.
The Brazilian government denounced the NSA surveillance as
“impermissible and unacceptable,” and a violation of
Brazilian sovereignty. As a result of US spying Brazilian
President Dilma Rousseff has
postponed a state visit to Washington in October.
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