Bolivia: Coup or Revolt? A Battle of Narratives

Depending on whether you live in a mainstream media echo chamber, or you are exposed to independent media and what the MSM likes to call “alternative facts,” you are either under the impression that Evo Morales resigned from power amidst a popular uprising supported by Bolivia’s military, or you believe he was violently forced from power by the military in unity with a right-wing minority, with support via back channels from powerful external powers motivated by economic interests that have been undermined by Morales’ anti-neoliberal/economic nationalist policies.

What has been viewed as a huge blow to democracy both within the country and all of Latin America, has been championed by the commander in chief of the strongest military in the world, with U.S. President Donald Trump making a public statement that claimed,

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.

The United States applauds the Bolivian people for demanding freedom and the Bolivian military for abiding by its oath to protect not just a single person, but Bolivia’s constitution”, going on to add, We are now one step closer to a completely democratic, prosperous, and free Western Hemisphere.” As Raw Story had noted in their reporting, Trump’s statement implicated that there were more coups to come.

Furthermore, Raw Story summarized that,

The Trump administration has not been quiet about its desire for the removal of Bolivia’s socialist President Evo Morales, who resigned Sunday under threat from the nation’s military, police forces, and violent right-wing protesters.

Hours before Morales resigned in a televised address, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted his support for the findings of the U.S.-dominated Organization of American States (OAS), which alleged Morales’ victory in the October presidential election was riddled with fraud. Pompeo also echoed OAS’ call for new elections, a demand Morales accepted shortly before he was forced aside.” 

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