Another US coup in Latin America: Evo Morales ousted as president of Bolivia


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Resignation of Bolivia’s Evo Morales was no victory for democracy, but a US-sponsored coup said:
"I resign from my position as president so that (Carlos) Mesa and (Luis Fernando) Camacho do not continue to persecute socialist leaders." said:
Who is Luis Fernando Camacho, the man who leads the coup d'état in Bolivia and who promises that 'God will return to the Palace'?

This Sunday he entered the Government Palace by force to leave a letter to the Executive with a Bolivian flag and a Bible.

Luis Fernando Camacho presents himself on Twitter as "president of the Committee for Santa Cruz, lawyer and father of three children. He claims to fight "not with weapons but with faith," but it is the visible face of the coup d'état against Evo Morales. Who is the man who yesterday entered the Government Palace and prayed kneeling on the floor with a Bible on the Bolivian flag?

Family businesses

In the middle of this year, the local media reported that Camacho would be related to the Panama Papers: through the creation of three companies (Medis Overseas Corp., Navi International Holding and Positive Real Estates) he would have operated as an intermediary to "help people and companies hide their fortunes in offshore entities, launder money and establish tax evasion schemes". This is reflected in the report prepared by the legislative commission that investigated the issue, which was presented in September 2017. Then, Camacho said that they wanted to intimidate him: "I am not going to shut up, I am going to keep the speech," he said.

For Bolivian political scientist and analyst Marcelo Arequipa, "Camacho belongs to a historical family line in Santa Cruz of an elite that has always managed civic power and territorial power. And he related that the current situation in his country is as if he had returned to the nineteenth century. "It's the bible, the conservative and the appeal to the previous economic elites," he says in conversation with RT.

For Hugo Siles, a political scientist and former Minister of Autonomy in Santa Cruz, "Camacho is part of a wealthy family in the area. In the past, it used to cost each user $1,000 to $1,500 to connect to the gas network. That was one of his family's businesses. Today all that is free because of the nationalization policy where gas is a resource that we Bolivians have recovered for our economy. This is how he relates some of the concrete interests of his clan that were touched by the Morales government.

He is part of one of the two great lodges of the area (Los Caballeros del Oriente) and together with his family he is part of the Grupo Empresarial de Inversiones Nacional Vida S.A., companies linked to insurance, gas and services. He is 40 years old, is a lawyer from the Private University of Santa Cruz de la Sierra and has a master's degree in Financial and Tax Law from the University of Barcelona.

A man from Bolivia's richest region
In his youth, Camacho was vice-president of the Cruceñista Youth Organization (UJC), an organization whose motto is 'We are not violent, we are peaceful, but we are not cowards', and which is organized under the 'hashtag' #DiosVolveráAlPalacio. Siles defines it this way: "They are a violent shock group, historically they have made use of force".

The young people are part of the larger organization that Camacho now presides over and which between 1981 and 1983 was led by his father: Comité pro Santa Cruz.

Camacho has presided over it since February of this year. It is an organization that brings together different neighborhood entities, zones, businesses, workers from one of the richest areas of Bolivia. The region produces 70% of the country's food and has an enormous energy and hydrocarbon potential which, after the nationalization of Morales in 2016, is now in the hands of the State.

According to official data from the National Statistics Institute of Bolivia, the GDP of the Department of Santa Cruz in 2016 represented 28.9% of the total economy of the country. "Santa Cruz represents a third of the GDP. Here, with immense resources, it has organized a mobilization of people who have taken to the streets," says Siles.

It is a rich and influential region, but the last time it managed to have a president of its own was Hugo Banzer Suárez, who led a coup d'état in 1971 and then founded a party and won the presidential election in 1997. From the very beginning of the MAS administration, the department questioned the legitimacy of the government.

The 'cambas', as they are defined, were organized around civic committees led at the time by Branko Marinković, a leader son of a Croatian father and Montenegrin mother, and challenged the central power. It was an alliance between the elites of the departments of Beni, Pando, Tarija and Santa Cruz that was called 'the Crescent'. The tension escalated and there was even an incipient guerrilla that sought to break the unity of the nation state. The UJC, of which Camacho had been vice-president, was a key organization in the escalation of violence.

At the same time, a new constitution was being negotiated in Sucre. Faced with such a 'catastrophic tie' (as it was then called), the government called for a recall referendum in 2008 that would honestly correlate forces. Morales won, but most governors also won. However, the massacre of peasants in the Porvenir in September 2008 ended up tipping the balance in favour of the central government and forced the most rebellious sectors to sit at the negotiating table.

Persecution in the Name of God
Everything Camacho does has a very strong religious anchorage: he mentions God in all his apparitions, he took the Bible to the Government Palace and asks his followers to take the Virgin to the mobilizations. On October 4, he gathered his followers "at the feet of Christ the Redeemer" in Santa Cruz. Then, he posted a video on social networks in which he said that in that 'cabildo' they had decided to "punish the tyrant with the votes.

Camacho did not run as a candidate in this October's presidential elections in Bolivia. And yet, he is currently leading a coup that has as its original argument the denunciation of Morales' opposition to fraud.

He himself has taken care to make his style clear by publicly quoting the most famous Colombian drug trafficker
: "We have to do - saving the differences - and take out the agenda as Pablo Escobar did, but only to write down the names of the traitors of this town," he said Oct. 30 in a town hall in the southern zone of Santa Cruz.

This is circulating in Bolivia's social networks about the country's most important political organization: the Movement to Socialism. Camacho said they were going to write name by name, like Pablo Escobar. This is what they do at the grassroots level. And for this reason it is also a coup d'état.


"Camacho is in fact the political leader of the opposition and who is imposing his agenda. He has made use of what is called 'the spectacularization of politics': he has used the screens in a perfect way," Arequipa analyzed.

According to him, he managed to add Ortíz's speech ("a technocratic right") with that of the Korean evangelical pastor (Chi Hyun Chung) who obtained a surprising 8.77% of the votes in the October elections. "It is the sum of the rights in Bolivia," he said.

After the 48 hours Camacho gave to Morales to resign, he summoned a new Cabildo and published a letter in which he writes the resignation of the then president. Since then, he began a journey on his way to the Palace to deliver the letter.

In the middle, the Organization of American States (OAS) denounced irregularities in some minutes and Morales decided to call new elections "to seek peace.

But the tension didn't go down: Camacho was still in the direction of the Palace. That place, in Plaza Murillo, is where the Executive worked until August 2018, when it moved its functions to the Casa Grande del Pueblo. It was there that Morales governed from then on. However, the Santa Cruz leader explicitly ignored that and decided to go to the old building.

Luis Fernando Camacho
This afternoon we will meet with the National Civic movement, CONADE, social organizations and the Bolivian people, to give them a message regarding the day and time that we will deliver the letter to President Morales, because it is not the whim of one man, or one department.

We will not leave this letter in any window, this letter is the voice of the people approved in the Cabildo cruceño and supported by the Bolivian people in different Cabildos. We will make the delivery to open doors, in front of the media.

Nor will we deliver the letter in a building that built a party, where luxury, hatred, racism, and contempt for the Bolivian people are concentrated. It will be delivered to the Government Palace, the Palacio Quemado, which represents the history of our people.

Finally, that was the scene that shook the world yesterday. Minutes before Morales resigned the presidency, Camacho entered the Government Palace and presented the letter on a Bolivian flag with the Bible next to it.

The coup plotters at the government headquarters remove the Whipala flag, which represents the indigenous peoples of Bolivia. To further emphasize the rupture, they place a Bible on the national flag.
Just so they know the "democracy" they applaud.

Later he tweet: "Confirmed!! Arrest warrant for Evo Morales! The police and the military are looking for him in the Chapare, the place he hid.

But then - although it was already late and after the denials of the Police - he eliminated it. Morales denounced the persecution.

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Although not the first time it happens in the region, I find it extremely sad. There goes another country. And Trump follows the script and congratulates the change. They are managing to do in Bolivia what they didn't manage to do in Venezuela. I don't believe for a minute that this wasn't a coup. Evo Morales seemed to be loved by the great majority, and he did so many great things for his country! From improving its economy, to standing up against American leftist ideologies, through standing up and telling the truth about the US warmongering campaigns, etc. etc. Poor Bolivians. :cry:


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It was not easy for Evo Morales to reach Mexico either. said:
The plane traveled from Mexico to Peru. There he stopped in Lima and then traveled to Bolivia, but the political chaos in the Bolivian nation led to the denial of permission to pick up Morales. The aircraft had to return to Peru and wait for authorization to enter Bolivia.

"Yesterday no one could tell us who is in charge in Bolivia," explained the Mexican foreign minister.

The South American Odyssey
Once the authorization to enter Bolivia was obtained, the route they had planned to take to transfer the deposed president was to travel through Peru and then take international waters. Originally they had the permission of the Martín Vizcarra government, but with Evo Morales already on the plane, the Peruvian foreign minister notified Ebrard that, due to political decisions, he decided to cancel the permission.

Faced with the Peruvian government's refusal, Ebrard spoke with the Paraguayan foreign minister, who agreed to allow the Mexican plane to descend into the city of Asunción to refuel and prevent a tragedy from occurring with Morales. All this, in a climate of tension in which the sympathizers of the deposed president guarded the airport where he boarded the plane, in Bolivia.

Thus, the plane made a stopover in the Paraguayan capital, although this country declined at the last minute the departure of the Mexican plane. However, the efforts of the Mexican ambassador in Paraguay allowed the aircraft to leave that country.

Subsequently, the Bolivian authorities prevented the Mexican aircraft from flying over that nation's airspace, so permission had to be requested from Brazil and then from Peru.

At the stroke of 8:00 GMT, the aircraft left for Mexico, but there was a new setback to surround Ecuador, after the government of Lenin Moreno refused to allow the passage of the aircraft. From there, the trip took place through Mexican national waters, so no more setbacks are expected.
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Military planes fly over El Alto's town hall as people sing the #Bolivia hymn. That is the response of the coup plotters to the popular demand. --using deepl


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Man this whole affair came out of nowhere and accelerated like wild fire.

Evo Morales is exiled to Mexico, where they have granted political asylum. The former president of Bolivia has left the country and has been exiled to Mexico, where they have granted political asylum.

Evo Morales
Current President of Bolivia Evo Morales is also titular president of Bolivia's cocalero movement – a loose federation of coca growers' unions, made up of campesinos who are resisting the efforts of the United States government to eradicate coca in the province of Chapare in central Bolivia.

However, President Morales appears to be having some success in counter-narcotics efforts. Seizures of coca paste and cocaine and destruction of drug laboratories have steadily increased since President Morales took office, and coca cultivation was down 13% in 2011 alone. Analysts such as Kathryn Ledebur and Colletta Youngers indicate that these successes have emerged from effective coca monitoring, increased economic development, and "social control".[1] Such improvements in Bolivia's narcotics situation have reportedly drawn attention and led to a slight diplomatic thaw with the United States; the two countries are expected to swap ambassadors.


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So, some are claiming that Bolivia's Lithium deposits are just one of the reason's for this CIA backed over throw. While others site the obvious. Follow the money. Follow the drugs.

One of the world’s poorest nations is sitting on the second-largest amount of the mineral needed to power electric cars.
Snip: December 3, 2018 11-14 minute Read.
A small army of workers from cities and villages across Bolivia boards the buses for the last leg of a commute that can last days. The meandering, bumpy dirt roads, the thin air at high altitude, the ordeal of bringing labor into the blinding white plain of the world’s largest salt flat—all of this stands between anyone who dreams of retrieving Bolivia’s lithium riches and turning it into electric-car batteries.

These workers will spend two weeks at the Uyuni salt flat in the southern tip of Bolivia before they return home for a seven-day rest. They are attempting to build a world-class lithium mine on top of the Andes mountains, about 12,000 feet above sea level at the heart of landlocked Bolivia. The nearest port is at least 500 kilometers and a border crossing away.

From above, this vast area appears so white it gets mistaken for a giant snow plain. The salt crystallizes in the dry season, forming millions of tile-looking hexagons that span an area as large as Connecticut. During the wet season, it’s covered by a thin layer of water that forms a giant mirror, reflecting the sky so neatly that the line of the horizon disappears. The visual effect draws thousands of visitors and the Dakar Rally every year, making it Bolivia’s top tourist destination.

The ambition is to ultimately transform Bolivia into a manufacturer of the rechargeable batteries inside Tesla Inc.’s all-electric cars and the nearly 300 EV models expected to reach the market by 2022, according to Bloomberg NEF.


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Bolivia is on the brink of a civil war - Evo Morales still is legitimate president.




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This entire situation was right on time I feel.

Evo Morales had just won elections, the entire question was weather it was enough or not for a second round to be needed.

Somehow this was enough for the millitary to be bought and for him and his family to be threatened and his properties robbed.

Him being in power in Bolivia again was enough of a threat, specially after the elections in Argentina and their result and the recent liberation of Lula Da Silva.

I have a feeling that there will be massive demonstrations in favor of bringing him back but these will be ignored by the media and they will be brutally squashed by the army.

Sad, but unfortunately not unseen in South America.
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