Jeremy Corbyn – “I condemn this coup against the Bolivian people.”

“To see Evo Morales who, along with a powerful movement, has brought so much social progress forced from office by the military is appalling. ”

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn was amongst a chorus of left voices throughout the world that opposed the coup against Bolivia’s Evo Morales this Sunday,

The Labour leader tweeted, “To see Evo Morales who, along with a powerful movement, has brought so much social progress forced from office by the military is appalling. I condemn this coup against the Bolivian people and stand with them for democracy, social justice and independence.”

Labour Shadow Minister Richard Burgon commented that it was “Very concerning that Bolivian President Evo Morales has been forced to resign after the head of the army demanded he leave office,” and warned that “Latin America’s history offers many frightening examples of what happens when the military forces out progressive presidents.”

Writer and campaigner Owen Jones urged people to show their solidarity, tweeting that “If we let the right-wing military coup in Bolivia succeed, then democracy will continue to die everywhere. We have to fight it wherever we are.”

In Spain, Podemos’ Pablo Iglesias said there was a “Coup d’etat in Bolivia,” and “Shameful that there are means that say the army makes the president resign.

He added that, “In the last 14 years Bolivia has improved all its social and economic indicators. All our support to the Bolivian people and Evo Morales.”

In the region itself, Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador would not recognize a military government in Bolivia, explaining that “what happened yesterday (in Bolivia) we consider a coup,” explaining clearly that “It is a coup because the army requested the resignation of the president and that violates the constitutional order of that country.”

Additionally, the former Brazilian President Lula, said that “I just heard that there was a coup d’état in Bolivia and that… Evo Morales was forced to resign. It is unfortunate that Latin America has an economic elite that does not know how to live with democracy and the social inclusion of the poorest.”

In the US – with the Trump government seemingly backing the coup – Ilhan Omar summed up the situation clearly, saying that “There’s a word for the President of a country being pushed out by the military. It’s called a coup,” and adding that “we must unequivocally oppose political violence in Bolivia. Bolivians deserve free and fair elections.”

  • There is a solidarity rally at 7.00pm (registration 6.30pm) on Wednesday November 13 hosted by Friends of Bolivia, Labour Friends of Progressive Latin America and others with speakers including Tariq Ali. You can see the Facebook event here and register here. You can follow Friends of Bolivia on Twitter here and Facebook here.

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