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This Sunday (November 10th) will enter in the South American history as one of its darkest days. After weeks of institutional destabilization, Bolivian business groups, landlords and the Army have just succeeded in deposing President Evo Morales and his Vice President García Linera. It is a reactionary coup d’état with a strong racist component, as evidenced by the successive attacks on the headquarters of indigenous organizations and the violence of the far right against activists in favor of popular sovereignty.

Some hours earlier, Evo Morales accepted the OAS recommendation and announced the holding of new general elections, including with new officials at the Supreme Electoral Court, signaling his willingness to find a peaceful way out to the political crisis. However, this was not enough to reverse the coup rush of oligarchies based in “Media Luna”, a region that brings together departments with a predominantly non-indigenous population. The elites, who never showed any respect or affection for the wishes of the various nationalities residing in Bolivia, accelerated the march of the coup, with notorious pressure from the mainstream media on the government. The riot of the police and the “suggestion of resignation” made on the national network by the head of the Army were decisive for the coup to finally triumph.

It’s important to note that this rupture in Bolivia’s democratic order occurs in a context of rapid political instability in Latin America. We are currently witnessing massive popular rebellions against conservative and anti-popular governments such as Chile, Ecuador and Haiti. Neoliberal projects, such as Mauricio Macri’s in Argentina or Iván Duque’s in Colombia, are punished again at the ballot box. It is no coincidence, therefore, that the Bolivian right and far right have organized themselves (possibly with the help of Bolsonaro’s administration agents, as audios published by El Periodico reveal) to interrupt the MAS government, whose origin dates back to the indigenous and popular communities uprisings of the early 1990s.

Considering this situation, PSOL joins international organizations that vehemently repudiate the coup d’état in Bolivia. We support with all of our energy the resistance mobilizations of the Bolivian people. In addition, we will use every device within our power to denounce the persecutions of the social movements, trade union actions and MAS militants that are defending the plurinational regime created by the Bolivian Constituent Assembly of 2006.




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