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We, allied anti-imperialist organizations and individuals across the world, condemn the rightwing coup against indigenous president Evo Morales that forced him and other members of the Bolivian government to resign. This coup is being undertaken to inflict the worst kind of violence upon class-conscious, indigenous revolutionaries who, under the banner of indigenous socialism, have forged the path toward self-determination and peace.
To this day, no evidence exists to demonstrate that the October 20 elections which Evo Morales won were fraudulent. As early as one day later—on October 21—the Organization of American States (OAS) released a public statement in an attempt to discredit the election results without any supporting evidence. For all its claims of multilateralism and diversity, the OAS receives a disproportionate amount of its funding from Washington, D.C.
This is not the first time that the United States Government has engaged in a coup in Latin America. This is not the first time that the U.S. government has fully supported a member of the local economic and political elite whose aim is to restore the ruling elite bloc’s policies which are hostile to the interests of the majority.
Evo Morales’ rival, former Bolivian President Carlos Mesa, an agent of the Washington D.C. based think-tank, the Inter-American Dialogue, and a political figure known for his hostility towards indigenous socialism and partiality to multinational big business has the qualifications of an ideal imperialist comprador.
The contributions of the Movement for Socialism (MAS)—under the leadership of Evo Morales—enjoys enormous support from the indigenous population and the working class of Bolivian society. Its contributions to the political and economic advancements of Bolivia through the painstaking economic and cultural empowerment of indigenous people and workers is well known and is inspiring, especially at this time of neoliberal attacks on the world’s working people.
We stand together in unity with Bolivian workers, peasants, and indigenous people in their struggle against U.S. intervention and economic imperialism. We strongly condemn the comprador elite in Bolivia who are agents of U.S. imperialism. We are prepared to reinforce all efforts to bring the perpetrators of violence to justice, may it be in the form of support for our Bolivian friends and comrades and/or an international people’s tribunal that will hold the culprits in this electoral destabilization and rightist coup fully accountable for their crimes against humanity.
El mundo con Evo, so are we! U.S. hands off Bolivia! Defend the right to self-determination! Defend the people’s right to live in peace!
Signatory Organizations and Individuals
- American Indian Movement, South California
- Anakbayan USA
- BAYAN (New Patriotic Alliance) Philippines
- BAYAN- USA
- Black Workers for Justice
- Candidatura d’Unitat Popular Països Catalans
- Coordinadora Nacional Sindical y Social (CNUSS-Guatemala)
- CovertAction Magazine (USA)
- For the People – North Amerikan Federation (USA)
- Frente Populare (Italy)
- Frente Popular Revolucionario (FPR Mexico)
- Fundación Amancio (Guatemala)
- Human Rights Alliance for Child Refugees & Families (USA)
- International League of Peoples’ Struggle-Australia (ILPS)
- ILPS Canada
- ILPS Guatemala
- ILPS Philippines
- ILPS Commission 1 The cause of national liberation, democracy and social liberation against imperialism and all reaction
- ILPS Commission 11 Struggle of teachers and other education workers against imperialism and for an alternative future
- International Women’s Alliance
- Inti Barrios: Costureras de Sueños (Mexico)
- Juventudes Socialistas del Perú
- Journal of Labor and Society
- May Day Committee (Melbourne Australia)
- Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM)
- New Afrikan People’s Organization (NAPO)
- New York Boricua Resistance
- New York Peace Council
- Occupy ICE Los Angeles
- October Revolution Centenary (New York City)
- Philippine-US Solidarity Organization PUSO Seattle
- Philippines-Bolivarian Venezuela Friendship Association
- Potere al Popolo (Italy)
- Proles of the Roundtable (USA)
- Regional Council of Africans in the Americas
- Union of Cypriots (Cyprus)
- Union del Barrio (USA)
- Carol Araullo – Chair, BAYAN Philippines
- Alessio Arena – Fronte Popolare,Italy
- Christopher Connery, Professor, University of California Santa Cruz
- Diego Gullotta, Professor of Sociology, PRC
- Giuliano Granato- National Coordination,Potere al Popolo, Italy
- Andrew Kahn, Voice of América Blog
- Liza Maza – Secretary-General, International League of Peoples’ Struggle
- Mateo Bernabé López Pérez, Coordinadora nacional sindical y social, Guatemala
- Florentino López Martiznéz, Frente Popular Revolucionario Mexico
- Immanuel Ness – author, Southern Insurgency: The Coming of the Global Working Class (2016)and Chair, New York Peace Council
- Ben Norton, journalist, USA
- Paloma Polo – filmmaker, Spain
- Sarah Raymundo – Chair, Philippines-Boliviarian Venezuela Friendship Association
- Renato Reyes Jr., Secretary-General BAYAN-Philippines
- Akinyele Umoja,author,We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement (2013)
- Samuel Villatoro, Fundación Amancio,Guatemala
- Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
- Socialist Unity Party / Partido por el Socialismo Unido (USA)
- Oz Karahan – President, Union of Cypriots (Cyprus)
- Loan Tran, International Action Center (U.S.)
- Alliance for Global Justice
- Chuck Kaufman, National Co-Coordinator, Alliance for Global Justice (U.S.)
- Jose Maria Sison, Chairperson Emeritus, International League of Peoples’ Struggle
- Students and Youth for a New America
- Dakota Lily, activist, Students and Youth for a New America, NYC-NJ-PA
- San Francisco Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
- Congress of Teachers and Educators for Nationalism and Democracy-UP (CONTEND-UP)
- Gwen Bautista, Artist and Independent Curator
- People’s Power Assembly (Baltimore, MD USA)
- Youth Against War & Racism (Baltimore, MD USA)
- Malcolm Guy, Vice Chair External, International League of Peoples’ Struggle
- Centre d’appui aux Philippines / Centre for Philippine Concerns (Montréal)
- Concerned Artists of the Philippines
- Antares Gomez Bartolome (Quezon City, Ph)
- Danny Haiphong, Contributing Writer, Black Agenda Report
- Cindy Sheehan, National Coordinator of March on the Pentagon and Host/Producer of Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
- March on the Pentagon
- Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
- Carlos Martinez, writer, Invent the Future (London, GB)
- Ann Garrison, Journalist, San Francisco Bay View, Black Agenda Report, Pacifica Radio
- ILPS Commission 4
- Solidaridad Ayotzinapa Vancouver
- Jesus Rodriguez-Espinoza – Editor, Orinoco Tribune (orinocotribune.com)
- United National Anti-War Coalition
- Committee to Stop FBI Repression
- Chicago Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
- Jaime Coreas Jiménez, FMLN Vancouver
- María Luisa Melendez, FMLN Vancouver
- Clara Sorrenti, Activist, Communist Party of Canada – Forest City Club
- Venezuela Peace and Solidarity Committee of Vancouver
- Leslie Salgado, Friends of Latin America, Columbia, MD
- Michele & Rick Tingling-Clemmons, Gray Panthers of Metropolitan Washington
- Kayla Pop, Afro-Peruvian activist, worker, student
- ILPS Commission 10 Rights of indigenous peoples, national minorities, oppressed nationalities and nations for self-determination and decolonization against discrimination, racism and national oppression perpetrated by imperialism and local reaction
- Youth For Environment Education And Development Foundation (YFEED Foundation), Nepal
- Julia Salazar, New York State Senator, 18th District, Brooklyn, New York
- Who is Boeing Bombing
- Coalition of Antiracist Whites – Seattle
- S. Peace Council
- International Action Center
- Joe Kelly, Toronto, ON, Academic, Activist, Writer
- Roberto Rojas-Morales; MSc (Research Hons); MBA; Grad. Dip. Med Imaging
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