Master Article: Bolivian Coup – Details [Update: 11/15/19]

“…Bolivia’s new government is a ‘military regime with no constitutional authority’ – Max Blumenthal”

“The political upheaval in Bolivia is a textbook coup that was carried out through violence and intimidation, Max Blumenthal told RT. The journalist marveled that some still deny the unconstitutional nature of the power grab.

Opposition politician Jeanine Añez declared herself interim leader of Bolivia on Wednesday, after President Evo Morales was urged by his country’s military chief to step down. But her legitimacy has already come into question. As the editor of the Grayzone Project pointed out, Añez is a fringe figure who garnered only 1.7 percent of the votes cast in Bolivia’s last elections.

Realizing that there was no popular support, threats of violence were used to ensure that senators who opposed Añez would not be able to vote on a motion declaring her Bolivia’s acting president. According to Blumenthal, politicians belonging to Evo Morales’ Movement for Socialism Party, which has a majority in both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, “had guns to their heads, their families were threatened, and if they showed up they could have been arrested and killed.”…”

“‘We freed ourselves of IMF & had big plans on exports’: Exiled Bolivian president Morales blasts coup & hints at US role in it”

Ousted Bolivian President Evo Morales has accused the US-headquartered Organization of American States of making a political decision in backing the right-wing opposition, saying the coup continues to wreak havoc after his exile… The exiled president said that after freeing itself from the International Monetary Fund, the Bolivian economy was doing better…”

“Bolivia’s coup: Morales toppled not due to his failures, but due to his success”

“Meanwhile, the victor of the October 20 vote, Evo Morales, was just arriving in Mexico where he has been exiled by the very same actors who claim that no coup has taken place. After calling for new elections in an attempt to quell unrest over election fraud allegations, Morales resigned when military and police heads ‘suggested’ he step down, though only after failing to protect activists and election officials from Morales’ left-wing Movement For Socialism (MAS) party…”

Morales’ Bolivia had been hailed by numerous observers and organizations for its impressive gains in practically every social indicator, including reducing inequality, making significant gains for women, and many others…”

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