November 10, 2019 — We Condemn the US-Backed Military Coup in Bolivia
Background: After a hotly contested election, Evo Morales of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) won by the required 10 percentage points over the former president Carlos Mesa who was and is a tool of US imperialism, with Mesa poised to work against the great gains made for the people under the leadership of Evo Morales.
Since then, the counter-revolutionary elites seized upon a false report of another tool of US imperialism, the Organization of American States (OAS). With no evidence, the “audit” of the election results declared that there was voter fraud. However, even though Morales acceded to the demand for a new election, the violent opposition, which recently burned down the home of the sister of Morales and dragged a socialist mayor through the streets, vowed to keep up the violence until Morales “stepped down.”
Today, with the “urging” of the Bolivian military commander, Evo did step down, but, make no mistake about it, this was not a “resignation”—this was a coup.
March on the Pentagon stands with the democratically elected government of Bolivia and against the anti-democratic military coup and oligarchy.
After significant social gains for the people of Bolivia and with the nationalization of the natural resources of Bolivia to be used for social programs, we stand in solidarity with the people of Bolivia for the return of the government that raised them out of poverty and empowered them to participate in their own civil society in a greater way.
The current military coup in Bolivia is also inherently racist as it is against the indigenous population which has arguably made the most gains under Morales.
We stand in solidarity with Evo and the people of Bolivia and against another US-backed military coup!