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.
- France Says ‘Sorry’ For Diverting Bolivian President’s Jet (hngn.com)
- Morales: We are not in times of colonization and we won’t be intimidated; this is the time of the peoples (youthandeldersja.wordpress.com)
- France apology in Bolivia jet row (bbc.co.uk)
- UNASUR to Meet to Discuss Aggression toward Bolivian President (venezuelasolidarity.co.uk)
- Bolivia to complain to UN after Evo Morales’ plane ‘kidnapped’ (guardian.co.uk)
- Denial of European airspace for Bolivian president’s flight causes turbulence (mcclatchydc.com)
- Bolivian President Evo Morales Strikes Back At the Empire – Bravo! (zengardner.com)