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How the OAS and U.S. (and Canada) Just Helped Overthrow Another Government. #Bolivia commondreams.org/views/2019/11/…
The United States (and Canada) first began targeting Evo Morales in 2001—five years before being elected president of Bolivia—when the US Embassy in La Paz warned that his political base needed to be weakened. /1
In the early 2000's USAID began funding right-wing political parties and “civil society” organizations in Bolivia that would feature heavily in attempts to overthrow President Morales. /2
The first coup d'etat attempt against Morales came in 2008, two years after he was first elected president and days after he survived a recall referendum with 67.4% of the vote. /3
2008 coup plotters in eastern Bolivia, a region rich in minerals where the white minority population is concentrated, attempted to secede from the country. /4
The opposition in eastern Bolivia “promoted separatism and ethnically and socially based hatred through the Civic Committees (Comités Civicos), in particular, the Pro-Santa Cruz Civic Committee.” /5
Luis Camacho, the millionaire 2019 coup leader with ties to Right-Wing paramilitaries, is the current president of this committee, which has received U.S. funding in the past. /6
Leaked audio of conversations held in October 2019 between civic leaders, former military officials and opposition politicians planning Bolivia coup d'etat.

They mentioned close contact with U.S. Senators Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Bob Menendez. /7 erbol.com.bo/nacional/surge…'
The OAS stoked protests and ensured that the Bolivia coup was successful. On October 21, a day after the election, it issued a statement casting doubt on the process due to an “inexplicable” change in the trend of the vote count. chaos.press/2019/11/12/bol…
The OAS was thoroughly debunked by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), which found that trend did not change and that Morales widened the gap over his rivals due to late reporting rural precincts, where he enjoys a tremendous advantage. /9 cepr.net/press-center/p…
A statistical analysis by CEPR found that there was “no evidence that the Bolivia 2019 election results were affected by irregularities or fraud.” #BoliviaGolpeDeEstado cepr.net/press-center/p…
After being invited by President Morales to conduct an audit, the OAS instead opted to destabilize the country. The full electoral audit was initially due by Nov 12, but on Nov 10, a day after Morales announced that a coup was taking place the OAS issued a preliminary audit. /11
OAS report did not include data that could be verified, repeated the false claims of the Oct 21 statement and called for new elections. In response, Morales agreed to new elections and to replacing the board of the electoral body, the offer was rebuffed by coup leaders. /12
Rather than denounce the coup d'etat in Bolivia and insist that Morales be allowed to finish out his term (which ends in January), OAS held a vote that refused to call it a coup in an effort that places it firmly as anti-democratic body, although several countries dissented. /13
Mexico criticized the OAS for being “surprisingly quiet” given the violation of constitutional order, while Uruguay condemned the body’s “double standard depending on antipathy or sympathy” for the government in question. /14
Earlier in the day, Argentinian president-elect Alberto Fernández said “what happened in Bolivia is a shame, the behavior of the OAS is shameful because the audit the OAS held is significant in its flimsiness and has conclusions that are absolutely manipulated.” /15
It should be noted that the 2008 Bolivia coup attempt was neutralized in part because of the role played by UNASUR, the Union of South American Nations. /16
This regional bloc has been severely debilitated in recent years as a direct result of State Department pressure and the willingness of right-wing Southern American presidents to give up on long-term regional integration plans for short-term political benefits. /17
The decline of UNASUR and CELAC (the Community of Latin America and Caribbean States—another target of the State Department), coupled with the OAS’s bias, leaves the region with no credible multilateral organization. /18
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