[News] 'Fascists, Racists Plotted the Lithium Coup in Bolivia' - Evo Morales

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  'Fascists, Racists Plotted the Lithium Coup in Bolivia' Morales

December 17, 2019

During his first press conference after his arrival in Argentina, 
Bolivia's deposed president Evo Morales 
Tuesday analyzed the circumstances surrounding the coup d'etat against 
him and recalled some achievements of his presidency, which took place 
from January 22, 2006, until November 10, 2019.

"Unfortunately, neither the Police intelligence nor the Army 
intelligence warned us that a coup d'etat was approaching​​," Morales said.

The Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) leader noted that the coup was a 
reactive response from fascist and racist sectors to the structural 
changes that he was leading in Bolivia.

"Our sin, our crime, is to be an Indigenous person and to have begun 
change with the participation of the Bolivian people," he stressed.

Bolivia's former president also defended his mandate's achievements, 
which were not based upon the policies usually recommended by the 
International Monetary Fund (IMF).

"We nationalized energy and water, which were previously privatized. We 
said that another world is possible without the IMF."

    "As far as I can tell, American democracy deceives its people into
    voting, but neither the government nor the people actually govern.
    It's the transnational corporations who govern." Bolivia's
    @evoespueblo <https://twitter.com/evoespueblo?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw>
    speaks to @ggreenwald
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    — The Intercept (@theintercept) December 15, 2019

The MAS leader explained that the violent response of the Bolivian upper 
classes is related to the construction of an inclusive state, the 
defense of collective resources, and the redistribution of wealth.

"We did three important things: in the political realm, we refounded 
Bolivia. We left a colonial state behind and created a 
plurinational state. In the economic realm, we promoted 
nationalizations. And most importantly, in the social realm, we 
achieved wealth redistribution," he said.

"Although the capitalist system proclaims peace, I am convinced that 
there will be no peace if there is no social justice, if there is 
looting of natural resources, and if there are military bases​​​​​​​."

Concerning the latter, Morales explained that the coup against him 
was properly "the Lithium Coup."

The beneficiaries of the destruction of democracy in Bolivia seek to 
appropriate a mineral whose "value has increased markedly in 
international markets over the last years because it is a fundamental 
raw material" in the manufacture of eco-friendly technologies and 
electric batteries.

The socialist leader also recalled that his government managed to reduce 
extreme poverty from 38.2 percent in 2006 to 15 percent in 2018.​​​​​​​

Concerning the October presidential elections, Morales reaffirmed his 
victory in the first round despite fraud accusations, which were 
encouraged by the Organization of American States (OAS) ​​​​​​.

"We won in the first round. According to the OAS, however, winning with 
a wide margin is electoral fraud... the OAS said there was fraud because 
in 225 tables the MAS obtained between 70 and 90 percent of the votes. 
In rural areas, we even obtained more... The real fraud is the OAS 

Based on this historical experience, Morales warned the Latin American 
progressives that the OAS cannot be trusted and called for the formation 
of an international mission to guarantee transparent elections in his 

"We need an electoral mission from the United Nations, Pope Francis' 
envoys, and friendly countries' representatives to ensure that 
there will be free and transparent elections and that the results will 
be respected," Morales said.

The deposed Bolivian president arrived in Argentina last week from 
Mexico, after receiving asylum from the government Alberto Fernandez, 
who assumed the presidency on Dec. 10.

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