Billionaire Elon Musk supports Bolivian coup regime

This 24 July 2020 video says about itself:

The US-Supported Coup in Bolivia: Revealing and Tragic – System Update with Glenn Greenwald

This week on System Update, Glenn Greenwald hosts an in-depth exploration of the 2019 military coup that toppled Bolivia’s democratically elected President Evo Morales, the ongoing repression there, and what it reveals about US propaganda.

We speak with Bolivia-based activist Kathryn Ledebur, director of the Andean Information Network, about the situation on the ground, and from Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic & Policy Research, about the role of the OAS in legitimizing the coup.

By Steve Sweeney, 26 July 2020:

Elon Musk under fire after expressing support for Bolivian coup

BILLIONAIRE Tesla owner Elon Musk has come under fire after welcoming last year’s overthrow of Bolivian president Evo Morales in what was seen as a bid to obtain the country’s lithium reserves.

In response to a tweet on Saturday that accused the US government of forcing Mr Morales out, allowing Mr Musk to access Bolivian resources, he wrote: “We will coup whoever we want! Deal with it.”

Hundreds of Bolivia’s indigenous population were massacred following what was branded “a fascist coup” against Mr Morales, who is currently in exile in Argentina.

COVID-19, post-coup Bolivia, Donald Trump’s USA

This 10 July 2020 video says about itself:

Bolivia’s President Jeanine Añez said on Thursday she has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Añez said in a tweet she was “well” …

When British Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive, he also initially said that he was ‘well’. But things got worse for him. He had to go to intensive care. Doctors estimated he then had a 50% chance of dying.

Ms Añez is a rich descendant of the Spanish conquistadores, who conquered Bolivia in the sixteenth century to get rich from its silver mines. She has enough money, not just to dye her hair blonde and for her plastic surgery; but also to be tested for coronavirus. Millions and millions of poorer people, in Bolivia and all over the world, don’t have that privilege.

So, after Bolsonaro in Brazil and Juan Orlando Hernández in Honduras, another far-right president gets COVID-19.

Ms Añez, a right-wing Christian fundamentalist, became president because of a military coup supported by Donald Trump’s CIA. A coup with much bloodshed, especially against the indigenous majority of Bolivians.

The Bolivian government confirmed that at least seven ministers, including its health minister, had tested positive and were either undergoing treatment or recuperating at home.

Dutch NOS radio reports today about Donald Trump‘s country:

In the United States, a record number of coronavirus infections has again been recorded. The previous record was set on Tuesday, when 60,200 infections were diagnosed within 24 hours. Last day there were 60,500 for the first time.

The country has the highest number of infections in the world with 3.2 million infections. More than 133,000 people have died from the virus and the number of daily corona deaths per day is increasing in the US. In the past three days, an average of more than 900 people a day died from the effects of the virus.

Post-coup Bolivia, COVID-19 dead bodies overload

This 13 June 2020 video says about itself:

Death toll from coronavirus mounts in Bolivia, families struggle to bury their dead

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Bolivia crematorium runs day and night, local residents concerned

In the Bolivian city of La Paz, the crematorium in the municipal cemetery is working overtime. According to Reuters news agency, the incinerators have been on day and night for months due to the higher number of coronavirus deaths. But the crematorium is in the middle of an inhabited area, and local residents are worried. “The smell is nauseating,” said one man to a Reuters journalist. “And the ashes blow into our houses.”

Residents have urged the municipality to move the crematorium …

In Bolivia, the number of coronavirus cases has been increasing rapidly recently, as in other countries in South America. More than 1,300 new cases were reported yesterday, the highest number to date in any one day. The total number of infections is now over 35,000; more than 1,200 people have died from the virus.

Chile, Bolivia news update

This 1 December 2019 video says about itself:

From the South: Thousands in Chile continue to protest against the government’s neoliberal policies, while a song denouncing rape performed by Chilean women goes viral. Peruvian opposition leader Keiko Fujimori walks free from jail after spending over a year in pre-trial detention over corruption charges. And we’re speaking with Olivia Arigho Stiles, a PhD candidate researching indigenous mobilisation in 20th century Bolivia, on the latest from La Paz.

Chilean parents on police: ‘The tear gas is worst. My little daughter coughs all night’.

Germany pressing Bolivian coup regime to revive lithium exploitation deal scrapped by Morales: here.

‘Stop coup massacres in Bolivia’, Argentine says

This 6 November 2019 video says about itself:

Bolivia Protests 2019 – victims of massacre

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Argentina’s president-elect calls on UN to intervene over massacres by Bolivia’s coup regime

ARGENTINA’S president-elect Alberto Fernandez called on the UN to do something about the massacre of anti-coup protesters in Bolivia at the weekend.

He spoke out after Bolivia’s self-proclaimed president Jeanine Anez granted immunity to soldiers who commit crimes while suppressing the demonstrations that have erupted against the overthrow of former leader Evo Morales by the military.

“The personnel of the armed forces who participate in operations for the restoration of order and public stability will be exempt from criminal responsibility when they act in legitimate defence,” the decree reads. It also specifies that security forces may use firearms to put down protests.

“The de-facto government that has usurped power in Bolivia has conferred to the armed forces the right to act without having to answer for their crimes. The number of deaths grows. The Argentinian government [of Mauricio Macri, who will remain in office until December 10 despite losing the last election] is silent. The Organisation of American States endorses it. [UN human rights chief] Michelle Bachelet and the UN must intervene,” Mr Fernandez tweeted.

At least nine Bolivians were killed over the weekend, with four protesters shot dead in La Paz and five in Sacaba, where a march on Cochabamba by thousands of coca farmers in protest at the coup was intercepted by the military. More than 30 people were injured and over 160 arrested.

Ms Bachelet’s office expressed “concern” at what it said was evidence of 17 protesters’ deaths and hundreds of arrests and called on Bolivian authorities to respect human rights.

And the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights condemned the “excessive use of force” against protesters.

A statistical analysis of last month’s election has now been published by the Centre for Economic & Policy Research in Washington.

It confirmed that there is “no evidence that irregularities or fraud affected the official result that gave president Evo Morales a first-round victory.”

In Venezuela, tens of thousands marched in the capital against “fascism in Latin America”, condemning the coup against Mr Morales as well as the repeated attempts by Venezuela’s self-declared “president” Juan Guaido to do something similar.

Mr Guaido also called for demonstrations in Caracas to demand the removal of President Nicolas Maduro from office.

Bolivia’s racist coup is trying to drown resistance in blood: here.

FAR-RIGHT USES CRISIS TO SEIZE CONTROL OF BOLIVIA When Bolivia’s socialist president, Evo Morales, stepped down last week after nearly a month of protests, it was right-wing opposition leader Luis Fernando Camacho who declared victory. Observers have debated whether the president was the victim of a coup, as he asserts, or a popular uprising. [HuffPost]

TENS of thousands of fake Twitter accounts were created to support the military coup against Bolivia’s elected president Evo Morales, a new study suggests. Spanish party Podemos’s head of social networks Julian Macias Tovar said that over 68,000 false accounts were set up to try to legitimise the army’s overthrow of Mr Morales following his re-election last month and to justify the massacres of protesters against the coup that have followed: here.

Demonstration outside Downing Street, London, England in support of President Evo Morales who was overthrown in a right-wing coup

The coup d’etat in Bolivia – Statement by the Bartolina Sisa Resistance: here.

Eight more killed in Bolivian coup: here.

Bolivian police fire tear-gas at protesters bearing the coffins of their comrades: here.

As US-led capitalism declines, it’s open season in the Americas. Alight with coups, counter-coups, and mass protest, our Latin America Conference comes at a most critical time for the continent, writes ROB MILLER.

The coup in Bolivia is an attack on democracy. The right-wing de facto dictatorship must be widely exposed, writes Matt Willgress.

‘I saw the rise of a fascist state’. Speaking to the Adelante Latin America Conference, MIRIAM AMANCAY COLQUE describes the racist counter-revolution against the elections in Bolivia: here.

Argentina’s President promises to legalise abortion: here.

Bolivian pro-Trump putschists commit bloodbath

This 15 November 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Exposing the fascist forces behind Bolivia’s US-backed coup – with Max Blumenthal

Max Blumenthal discusses the fascist and Christian extremist forces leading the military coup against Bolivia’s elected President Evo Morales, which had support from the US, [Bolsonaro‘s] Brazil, and Colombia.

Top Bolivian coup plotters trained by US military’s School of the Americas, served as attachés in FBI police programs: here.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

In Bolivia, during violence between the police and supporters of deposed President Morales, at least five people were killed and dozens injured. That says the director of a hospital in the city of Sacaba. Also a journalist from AFP news agency says he has seen five dead bodies.

According to the hospital director, most of the dead and wounded had gunshot wounds. He speaks of the most serious violence in his 30-year career.

Witnesses say the police opened fire on supporters of Morales when they wanted to pass a military checkpoint near the city of Cochabamba. … Earlier in the day, thousands of supporters of the deposed president had protested peacefully in the neighbouring city Sacaba. …

Morales, who fled to Mexico, speaks of a massacre on Twitter.

The ousted president also warned that the United States was the “great conspirator” behind the coup d’etat that forced him to leave his country. The US is one of only a few countries to have recognised Ms Anez as Bolivia’s interim leader. Mr Morales claims that he officially remains the president since the country’s parliament has not yet accepted his resignation. He called for calm and dialogue in Bolivia and said: “I want to tell [my supporters] that we will have to recover democracy, but with a lot of patience and peaceful struggle”: here.

Bolivian indigenous people against military coup

This 14 November 2019 video says about itself:

Bolivia unrest: Morales‘ supporters reject interim President Anez

Bolivia’s interim President Jeanine Anez says its former president who is now living in Mexico cannot be allowed to run for office again.

That’s further angered Evo Morales’ supporters who say they now fear discrimination and political ostracism. They want her to step down.

But Morales’ party is now in talks with members of the interim government because they want to be allowed to participate in the next elections, which must be held in the next 90 days.

Al Jazeera’s Teresa Bo reports from La Paz.

This 12 November 2019 video from the USA is called U.S.-Backed Military Coup in Bolivia Condemned by Bernie Sanders, Jeremy Corbyn.

Coup-deposed Bolivian President Evo Morales interviewed

This 14 November 2019 video from Mexico says about itself:

Exclusive Interview with Bolivian President Evo Morales

Peace campaigners gather in London to say No to the coup in Bolivia: here.

Tens of thousands of workers marched on Thursday from the predominantly working class and indigenous city of El Alto to the capital of La Paz—a distance of 15 miles—demanding the ouster of the coup regime that has assumed power in Latin America’s poorest country. The protesters continued to confront military repression into the night. Jeanine Áñez, the right-wing vice president of Bolivia’s Senate, proclaimed herself president and named a far-right cabinet and new military leadership to organize repression of the growing resistance to the US-backed coup that overthrew the government of President Evo Morales on Sunday: here.

Christian supremacist anoints herself ‘interim’ president of Bolivia: here.

Bolivia’s self-proclaimed president appoints cabinet as police attack indigenous protesters: here.

Canada’s Liberal government has abetted and endorsed the US-backed military coup in Bolivia that led to the forced resignation Sunday of the country’s president, Evo Morales, and numerous other elected officials. The coup, triggered by right-wing elements within the military, has unleashed a wave of terror and violence by heavily armed police and military units, as well as fascistic opponents of Morales, against largely defenceless workers and poor peasants: here.

Chile workers strike, Bolivia, other news

This 12 November 2019 video from Ecuador is called General Strike Paralyses Chile. It has also news on Bolivia.

A Chilean striking worker in the video carries a portrait of Victor Jara, the singer murdered by the Pinochet dictatorship.

CHILE will hold a referendum on replacing the country’s constitution, it was announced today, meeting a key demand of protesters. The current constitution came into force in 1980 under the former military dictator Augusto Pinochet: here.

This ongoing militancy shows that for the millions of workers and youth across Chile, life under capitalism has become intolerable. Protesters have defied a brutal military and police-state repression in which 23 people have been killed, hundreds have lost their eyes and many have denounced torture and sexual abuse by the state: here.