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Yesterday, 11:17 AM
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basically pulled a Maduro, but the police were not on his side and joined the mutiny.
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Yesterday, 11:20 AM
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Police stationed outside the presidential palace of Bolivia reportedly left their posts Saturday amid nationwide upheaval following a highly contested election last month.

President Evo Morales claimed victory following the Oct. 20 election, but has faced protests in which three people were killed and hundreds were injured, according to The Associated Press.

The AP reported that findings in an Organization of American States review of the vote count are expected early next week. Morales's opposition has said it will not accept the findings because it did not weigh in on plan for the audit.

Police began demonstrating Friday, according to the wire service. Defense Minister Javier Zabaleta had said a “police mutiny occurred in a few regions.”

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Yesterday, 09:29 PM
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Today, 09:12 PM
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^^^ No surprise that a liberal journalist would spin this. By all reports (except this one), he was a Dictator.
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Today, 11:30 PM
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Today, 11:32 PM
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US coups and wars in Latin America/Caribbean since 1954:

Costa Rica
Dominican Republic
El Salvador

And they dare speak of “democracy” today.

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Today, 11:36 PM
Post: #22
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Quote:Evo Morales Forced by the Military to Resign: Bolivia and Venezuela – Two Countries but Same Hybrid War


A coup took place in Bolivia on November 10. The fact that the president of the country, Evo Morales, resigned it does not contradict the fact that a coup has taken place. Morales resigned forced by the military. The perpetrators of the Hybrid War were envisioning this same scenario for Venezuela but failed while they succeed in Bolivia. What made the difference?

Bolivia and Venezuela are similar in their independent approach to following a socialist path to break away from the hegemonic interference and economic exploitation from the US and its allies. Both countries have been successful in reducing poverty and achieving economic growth by the social use of their resources. And both countries have been subjected to a US promoted Hybrid War for regime change from a socialist government to a more neoliberal pro-US government.

The Hybrid War script involves at its minimum the following basic elements:

accusing the government of some false wrongdoing,
“mobilising destructive mobs” if other less violent means have not succeeded,
creating “moderate groups” that penetrate as a wedge into the established institutions of the society in order to create divisions,
and finally the coup de grâce: convincing the armed forces to betray their allegiance to the country’s constitution and turning them against the government and the people.
All these basic elements may often be operating simultaneously. At any time complementary actions can be introduced to force the success of the Hybrid War script. For instance, sanctions can be imposed to create shortages and economic restrictions that will further create hardship among the population; or parallel entities can be created in order to undermine the legitimate ones.

In the case of Bolivia the sequence of events followed to the letter the approach to regime change by the US-backed Hybrid War script. The basic elements of the Hybrid War were accomplished in Bolivia in the short span of time after Evo Morales was elected for his fourth term as the country’s president last October 20 until his resignation on November 10.

When it became clear that Morales was winning the election, the losing opposition candidate, Carlos Mesa, claimed that electoral fraud had been committed and that he would not recognise the elections results.

The misguided intervention of the OAS publishing “preliminary observations” before a final ballot count was done, and suggesting a second round of elections was an endorsing factor to the opposition’s claim. Neither was helpful the uncalled for interference from the government of Canada calling the presidency of Morales “illegitimate”. Taking into account the pro-US position of both the OAS and Ottawa, their involvement may have been part (or not) of the Hybrid War approach. The end result accomplished the delegitimisation of the Morales government.

Riots and street violence immediately broke out with protests that the government had not been elected by legitimate means and therefore another election was called for. Morales made several attempts to defuse the crisis by calling to dialogue and inviting the OAS to audit the election ballots. The latter may have been a political mistake considering the organisation previous blunder. In fact, the OAS concluded the audit suggesting to have another election. Morales backtracking and accepting the OAS suggestion was not enough to restore the social order.

At this point it is important to note that the Hybrid War must achieve the total annihilation of the people and progressive parties involved one way or another to the very end, and that is until regime change is achieved

In the meantime another opposition figure came to the forefront with his mission to create enough political division, but the division may also be along the race line in the Bolivian society. After all Evo Morales has been the first indigenous president in Bolivia. This is a very significant factor in a region where the indigenous population has been decimated and oppressed for the last 500 years. Luis Fernando Camacho is a white wealthy lawyer from Santa Cruz who has accused Morales of being a “tyrant” and a “dictator”, not unlike Juan Guaidó in Venezuela, with whom he has associated himself publicly. He has been involved with an organisation that has been criticised for being “paramilitary” and “racist”.

The final stroke happened on November 10 when Morales announced his resignation after 14 years as president of Bolivia apparently in response to a communiqué of the commander in chief of the Armed Forces, William Kaiman who declared:

“We suggest to the president that he resign his mandate allowing the pacification and maintenance of the stability of Bolivia”.

This was the final act of this short play of a military coup in Bolivia masterminded by a US designed Hybrid War. At least for the time being.

In the case of Venezuela a coup attempted to remove democratically elected president Hugo Chavez in 2002 after he became president in 1999. That was the first strike that the US-backed Hybrid War gave to “undo” the Bolivarian Revolution but failed. Chavez remained a reelected president until his death in 2013. He was followed by president Nicolas Maduro.

Similar events to Bolivia’s had occurred after Maduro was re-elected in May 2018. Soon a vocal and violent Venezuelan opposition, supported by a group of Western countries and some rightwing Latin American governments declared Maduro’s presidency illegitimate.

What we have described in the case of Bolivia did not quite work as smoothly in Venezuela. The Hybrid War script has been basically the same including the creation of violent groups with a “moderate” façade, but the circumstances in Venezuela have been different and harder to succeed in regime change. Despite the numerous sanctions and US financial blockade, and despite the foreign recognition of a self-appointed “interim president” attempting to create a parallel entity, Nicolas Maduro remains the legitimate president democratically elected and recognised by the United Nations and about 120 nations.

Venezuela has developed a strong civic-military union supported by thousands of voluntary militias that has been the bastion against which the Hybrid War has failed despite the numerous attempts to break that union.

The National Bolivarian Armed Forces of Venezuela (Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana – FANB) have a strict abidance to the Venezuelan constitution and have not betrayed the Bolivarian Revolution in the 20 years of its existence making it impossible for the last act of the Hybrid War to take place.
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Today, 11:40 PM
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RE: What's going down in Chile?
Selected Articles: Coup Plot in Bolivia against Evo Morales

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Today, 11:43 PM
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Quote:Bolivia’s President Evo Morales Ousted in Coup

Military demanded resignation after Morales agreed to fresh elections


Bolivian President Evo Morales was forced to resign Sunday after calls by senior military and police officials for him to step down. Morales won elections held on October 20th that were called into question by the Organization of American States (OAS), who determined in an audit there were "clear manipulations."

After the OAS revealed their findings on Sunday, Morales agreed to hold fresh elections and said he would replace members of the electoral board thought to be responsible for the alleged fraud. These concessions were not good enough for Morales’s opposition, who along with the military demanded his immediate resignation.

The claims of election fraud stem from a 24-hour pause in the vote count on election day after 84 percent of the vote was tallied. After the pause, the data was updated, and it showed Morales with a 10 percent lead, which he needed for an immediate victory to prevent a run-off vote. The OAS report found Morales had a favorable increase in the last five percent of the votes that was not consistent with the first 95 percent.

The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), a think-tank based in Washington, released their own detailed report on the election on Friday. The CEPR found "no evidence that irregularities or fraud affected the official result that gave President Evo Morales a first-round victory."

The CEPR argument for the increase in Morales votes towards the end was geography. The areas where the votes were counted before the 24-hour pause have a history of being friendlier to Morales’s opposition.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a statement after the OAS announced their conclusion that said, "We fully support the OAS and Bolivian calls for new elections and a new Electoral Tribunal that can ensure free and fair elections that reflect the will of the Bolivian people. In order to restore credibility to the electoral process, all government officials and officials of any political organizations implicated in the flawed October 20 elections should step aside from the electoral process."

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released a statement on Morales’s resignation Monday. Rubio said, "The resignation of Evo Morales is a testament to the strength and the will of the Bolivian people. As I stated earlier this month, Morales was illegitimately holding on to power in Bolivia after the recent presidential elections."

President Trump released a statement on Monday that said, “The resignation yesterday of Bolivian President Evo Morales is a significant moment for democracy in the Western Hemisphere … These events send a strong signal to the illegitimate regimes in Venezuela and Nicaragua that democracy and the will of the people will always prevail. We are now one step closer to a completely democratic, prosperous, and free Western Hemisphere.”

Morales was running for a controversial fourth term, which would normally exceed the president’s term limit in Bolivia. But in 2017, the highest court in Bolivia ruled against term limits, making it legal for Morales to run again.

Morales’s Vice President and the president of the Senate also resigned, which are the two positions meant to succeed the president if the office is vacant. And Since Morales’s term would have ended in January, there is currently nobody holding the office of president in Bolivia.

Bolivia is one of the few South American countries that continues to recognize Nicolas Maduro as the president of Venezuela, breaking with most OAS members. Morales often railed against US imperialism at the UN, most notably at a UN Security Council meeting in 2018 in front of President Trump.

The US Congress funded National Endowment for Democracy (NED) has a strong presence in Bolivia. In 2018, the NED spent nearly one million dollars on programs in Bolivia, with titles like, "Democratic Development From A Private Sector Perspective," "Strengthening Democratic Values," and "Building Political Party and Civil Society Capacity for a More Participatory, Competitive Electoral Process."

Dave DeCamp is assistant editor at Antiwar.com and a freelance journalist based in Brooklyn NY, focusing on US foreign policy and wars. He is on Twitter at @decampdave.
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