French apology for anti-Bolivian bullying

This video from the USA is called Why Is Obama Bullying the President of Bolivia?

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Red-faced Hollande sorry for blocking Morales’s plane

Thursday 04 July 2013

French President Francois Hollande has apologised publicly to Bolivian President Evo Morales for refusing to allow his plane into French airspace.

An embarrassed Mr Hollande blamed “conflicting information” for the controversial ban and said on Wednesday night that he had granted permission as soon as he was told that Mr Morales was aboard.

This belated apology by Mr Hollande is also a tacit admission that his administration had lied previously about stopping President Morales’ plane. Like other European governments, the French government had bare-facedly sanctimoniously denied that they had banned that plane.

Meanwhile Mr Morales urged European countries to “free themselves from the US empire” as he arrived home after his plane was diverted because of suspicions that US whistleblower Edward Snowden was travelling with him.

Mr Morales received a hero’s welcome from cheering supporters when his aircraft touched down near La Paz 17 hours after leaving Vienna.

“Some countries of Europe have to free themselves from the US empire,” Morales told his supporters.

“They are not going to frighten us, because we are a people with dignity and sovereignty.”

People across Latin America were outraged at the airspace bans by several European countries.

“This is a humiliation for a sister nation and for the South American continent,” said Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez.

She said the forced rerouting of the plane was a “vestige of the colonialism that we thought we had completely overcome.”

Ms Fernandez said Mr Morales’s “total and indisputable” immunity as head of state had been violated when he was “illegally detained in old Europe.”

Cuba called his treatment “unacceptable, baseless and arbitrary, and offensive to all of Latin America and the Caribbean.”

Peru, Brazil, Uruguay, Ecuador and Chile condemned the European states’ actions, with Brazil expressing “indignation and condemnation of the restrictions imposed on President Evo Morales by some European countries.”

Regional group Unasur met today to discuss the situation.

Bolivia said that it would complain to the United Nations.

A UN spokesman said that secretary-general Ban Ki Moon “understands concerns raised by the Bolivian government.

“He is relieved this unfortunate incident did not lead to consequences for the safety of President Morales.”

Our Brand is Crisis: US political consultants at their dirty work in Bolivia: here.

10 thoughts on “French apology for anti-Bolivian bullying

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  2. International Action Center Statement:

    US/NATO endanger Bolivian President Morales jet

    The International Action Center expresses its outrage at the international crime committed by the U.S. imperialist government and its NATO allies in Europe in denying a refueling stop to the plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales home from an energy conference in Moscow.This plane was refused overflight permission by France, Spain, Italy and Portugal on July 2 while in the air. It couldn’t land to refuel before crossing the Atlantic Ocean. The plane finally had to touch down in Vienna, Austria, where it sat for 13 hours, until the Indigenous President Morales allowed an Austrian official on board.

    That the countries involved gave only technical reasons for refusing to allow the plane to fly over and land on their territory is a clear sign that they were aware that the forcing down of Morales’ plane is a violation of international law: Aircraft carrying government leaders have diplomatic immunity.

    Behind this unprecedented and criminal action was Washington’s panic that whistleblower Edward Snowden would receive asylum in Bolivia or some other Latin American country. Snowden was not on board Morales’ plane. Snowden is the contract worker for the National Security Agency who sacrificed his career, risked his freedom and safety by releasing to the world documents showing the vast extent of U.S. electronic spying on scores of countries. The NSA uses this same electronic spying on people in the U.S. too, many of whom consider him a hero for exposing “Big Brother.”

    Snowden, like Pvt. B. Manning and other whistle blowers who are enmeshed in the vast bureaucratic and repressive state apparatus, discovered in their work that the government they identified with was engaged in criminal and often murderous activity in the interest of a tiny few billionaires and multi-millionaires at the pinnacle of wealth in the United States. They rebelled against being used for these ends. Their exposure of U.S. imperialist crimes is a contribution to the freedom of the people of the world and to the working class inside the United States, who have no interest in protecting and extending the wealth of a tiny few.

    It is nothing new for the United States to infringe on the sovereignty of nations south of the U.S. What distinguishes this case is that the leaders of Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador and other Latin American countries are attending an extraordinary meeting of the Union of South American Nations on July 4 in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba to demand respect from the imperialists and to show solidarity with Morales.

    We too, as anti-imperialists in the United States, want to express our solidarity with the Bolivian leader and his regional allies in the defense of their sovereignty, and to defend Snowden, Manning, Julian Assange and all others who expose the truth about the repressive international U.S. spy and murder machine.


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