Oppose the Military Coup in Bolivia. Spare Us Your “Critiques”

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    • #223788
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      It would be hard to point to a country whose president has more democratic legitimacy than Evo Morales. Nobody can seriously dispute that he won the first round of the presidential election on October 20 by a landslide. He received 47% of the vote in an election with 88% turnout, as most polls predicted. That doubles the percentage of the eligible vote that US presidents generally receive. I’ll say a bit more about that below, but it’s crucial to note that he was elected to his present term (which does not expire until January) with 61% of the vote in an election with roughly the same turnout.

      Morales’ recent “resignation” came at the point of a gun.  He fled to Mexico whose government offered him asylum. The unelected military and police forced him out. Generals openly “suggested” that he resign and both the police and military made clear that they were not going to defend him from armed opponents.  Most of the democratically elected members of congress are now in hiding.  As in all military coups, it has come with a media blackout to help the security forces brutally suppress protests.

      If you support democracy, then you call on Bolivia’s security forces to let Morales return and finish out his term. You call on them to do their job, which is to protect all elected representatives and everybody’s right to free expression and peaceful protest. That’s their only legitimate function. You should also call on your own government to refuse to recognize any “authorities” in Bolivia who stand in the way of Morales’ return and who seek to criminalize his political movement.

      No matter how popular a president, there will be a segment of the population who dislike him or her – and a hardcore segment willing to lynch the president if the police and military would let them. If you think US presidents are protected from this nightmare scenario because they have more legitimacy than Morales then you don’t understand your own country. The fact that prominent people as supposedly diverse politically as Trump, the New York Times editorial board, and Human Rights Watch (with varying degrees of bluntness) have helped support the coup in Bolivia is an indication of how shallow support for democracy really is in US political culture. Alan McLeod pointed out in FAIR that the western media has done its part to support the coup by refusing to call it what it is. Here is a petition to the New York Times asking it to retract an editorial that endorsed the coup.



    • #223796
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      D2doc, I am really struggling with this. It breaks my heart. I really want the countries to our South to say no more to their own oligarchs and ours.  Looking around the world we having our mischief makers everywhere. Yet with in our very own country we are slowly collapsing all the while being entertained by ukraine gate.


    • #223801
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      Call whom? Oppose how? Ah, write a petition to NYT.

      How about the Sanders movement demanding Sanders that he makes crystal clear that he wants US hands of Venezuela, all sanctions removed, the embassies returned to legal owner, all tax payer support to Quaido stopped. And criminal investigation to US administration coup attempt, which violates international law and what not, including impeachment of POTUS on a real crime he openly did – crime which was supported by the whole bipartisan establishment of criminals. And while you at it, criminal investigation into US involvement in Honduras coup, coup attempt in Nicaragua, etc. Demand that your front guy does the right thing and speaks up, speaks truth to power loud and clear enough so that it hurts. And same for Tulsi.



    • #223877
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      Know what’s disturbing – here on the home front?  SV is gung-ho on the coup. That’s pretty disgusting. So glad I left there 2 years ago. Sick f****.

    • #223962
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      I fear there’s going to be a bloodbath, maybe genocide, and Trump, the establishment Democrats, and the corporate media will cheer it on. The only thing I can do to oppose this won’t happen until next year when I can vote for an anti-imperialist candidate in the presidential primary.

      I find that tragic.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.--Harry Truman

    • #224044
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      I agree ohio,  we have to get sanders in and pressure him to put tulsi at state. The sad thing is I have a feeling they will cheat or kill again and if that happens I see a police state coming. The city of San Diego is being put under pressure to allow the military to train and equip  the police!


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