31 US Organizations Denounce The Brutal Repression In Bolivia

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Above photo: Protest in front of the OAS in Washington DC, against the Coup in Bolivia (Photo-Credit: Cele León)

NOTE: As we post this statement, Bolivians marching from Senkata to La Paz, carrying the bodies of those who were massacred, are being attacked by police and military using tear gas.

We, the undersigned US organizations condemn the civic-military coup in Bolivia and the brutal repression unleashed by the police and military authorized by the self-proclaimed anti-Indigenous “President” of Bolivia, Senator Jeanine Áñez.

The regime has burned the Wiphala, flag of the Indigenous nations of Bolivia; decreed an exemption to prosecution for the police and military for the use of lethal force against demonstrators; and has criminalized democratically elected officials and rank and file members of organizations associated with the deposed government. These decrees led to the massacre in Cochabamba on November 15 in which police and the armed forces opened fire on demonstrators killing five people and wounding more than 100, as well as the massacre of Senkata on November 19 in which at least 8 people were killed and at least 30 wounded. They have also led to the deployment of military, police and private intelligence agencies to hunt down and arrest political opponents of the coup regime.

We urge an immediate investigation by the UN of the killing of at least 32 people and the wounding of more than 700 by the police and security forces since the coup against President Evo Morales on November 10, 2019, based on official data from the Office of the People’s Defender  (“Defensoría del Pueblo”). We also call for the release of all political detainees.

We support calls by the constitutional President, Evo Morales as well as the United Nations, for dialogue to avoid further bloodshed. We call for the return of security forces to the barracks and an investigation into the crimes committed by the police and military, as well as those who authorized the use of lethal force, to hold perpetrators accountable.

We also reject the illegal self-proclamation as “President” of Senator Jeanine Áñez, elected without a quorum and without the presence of MAS members of congress, whose safety is under permanent threat. This self-proclamation also violates article 161 of the Bolivian Constitution, according to which Congress must accept the President’s resignation in order for it to be valid, which so far hasn’t taken place.

We urge the US Congress and the Organization of American States (OAS) to condemn the coup against the constitutional government and support the path of dialogue over escalating confrontation.

WE DEMAND AN IMMEDIATE END TO THE KILLING OF INDIGENOUS BOLIVIANS!

PEACE FOR BOLIVIA!

SIGNATURES

  1. Forum of Sao Paulo, Executive Committee in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia
  2. CODEPINK, USA
  3. ANSWER Coalition, USA
  4. Democratic Socialists of America, Richmond, Virginia chapter
  5. Socialist Unity Party, USA
  6. International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity, USA
  7. Friends of the Congo, Washington DC
  8. National Network on Cuba, USA
  9. Popular Resistance, Washington DC
  10. Party for Socialism and Liberation, Washington DC
  11. Black Alliance for Peace, Washington DC
  12. Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press, Washington, DC
  13. Communist Party, USA
  14. Central Committee of the Peace and Freedom Party of California,  San Diego, California
  15. Council on Hemispheric Affairs, COHA, Washington DC
  16.  Peace Council, Greater New Haven, Connecticut
  17.  Red Nacional de Salvadoreños en el Exterior, RENASE, USA
  18. Carolina Peace Resource Center, South Carolina
  19.  Leonard Peltier Defense Committee,  San Diego, California
  20.  Congreso de los Pueblos, Colombia, international committee in DC
  21.  FigTree Foundation, USA,
  22.  Comité de Salvadoreños en Washington DC
  23.  Friends of Latin America, Columbia, Maryland
  24. Rutilio House, Takoma Park, Maryland
  25. Committee Against Police Brutality, San Diego, California
  26. Women in Struggle, Washington DC
  27. Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, CISPES, Washington DC
  28. International Womxns Alliance-DC (DIWA)
  29. Comité del FMLN de Washington DC
  30. All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC), Washington, DC
  31. World Development Alliance, South Carolina
  • mwildfire

    The video clip embedded in this needs to get a great deal of play. You don’t need to speak Spanish to see that what’s happening there is both undeniable and unjustifiable.

  • mwildfire

    But it also leads to a question. The US et al has tried everything including fomenting a military coup to change the government in Venezuela, and they have a sizable minority of the population on their side there as well (the richer, whiter people in both cases). But in Venezuela the military refused to go along with it. What’s the difference? Why didn’t Morales have the support of his military, his police, the courts?

  • billothinks

    According to his comments on RT in an interview with Rafael Correa, Morales thought he DID have the loyalty of his generals behind him, but they were bought off by the coup organizers!

  • subcomandante Felix

    If you haven’t already there is a good – and important – read at MR Online

    “A Letter to Intellectuals Who Deride Revolutions in the Name of Purity”

    Revolutions do not happen suddenly, nor do they immediately transform a society. A revolution is a process, which moves at different speeds whose tempo can change rapidly if the motor of history is accelerated by intensified class conflict.

    Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Ana Maldonado,Pilar Troya Fernández, and Vijay Prashad
    MR Online November 21, 2019

    It is admitted—because it would be foolish to deny it—that women are at the centre of the protests in Bolivia against the coup and for the restoration of the Morales government; in Venezuela as well, the majority of people who take to the streets to defend the Bolivarian revolution are women. Most of these women might not be Masistas or Chavistas, but they certainly understand that these revolutionary processes are feminist, socialist, and against the indignity visited upon the indigenous and the Afro-descendants.

  • subcomandante Felix

    Both Morales and Madura were/are trying to walk a tightrope between advancing the revolution, providing for the immediate needs of the people without provoking a military/police intervention. The fascist gangsters have tried to bribe the Venezuelan police and military but apparently they still have some honor and integrity – while the Bolivian security forces obviously have none.. It would be a mistake to think that there are also not significant differences between both the leadership and soldiers in the respective militaries. Bottom line is that the security forces in both countries cannot be trusted, as is the case with middle class and other state institutions.

  • Nicarag

    Should demand that the OAS be taken in front of the ICC, and prosecuted for incitement of violence against the legitimate government of Bolivia

  • richardprofumo

    Shop the U.S backed coup!

  • ANTONIO

    It may not look like it at first glance, but this is proof that the American Empire is crumbling before our very eyes. Evo brought the country out of poverty and into literacy, he turned industry into a vehicle for Bolivia, not the transnationals, and the Empire is doing its stupidest to get it all back through fraud, lies, corruption and violence. Its too late. Patadas de ahogado

  • Jon

    I second the motion! Name names, however.

  • Nicarag

    Luis Almagro for one!
    Alba & UN countries should insist that all member states must recognize the ICC to participate in their organizations, or countries should be expelled.

  • Jon

    Frankly, in view of the paralyzing structure of the UN, I am in favor of reconstituting a new international body, without veto power, and initiated by the numerous “non-great powers.” Also no more “Security Council” to make important decisions–vote by all, proportionate to population.