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Socialist Party condemns Morales’ ouster

THE Socialist Party in Zambia has condemned not only the coup d’état against the democratically elected government of Evo Morales in Bolivia but also the warrant issued for his arrest.

Socialist Party president Dr Fred M’membe said the US backed right-wing imperialists were without a doubt angered by the outcome of the October 20 general election results which produced the fourth election loss of their parties to the Movement for Socialism.

He said it was grotesque that in the 21st Century, a country still aims at enslaving other nations in order to plunder their wealth.

“The Socialist Party in Zambia joins progressive movements and governments around the world in strongly condemning not only the coup d’état against the democratically elected government of Evo Morales in Bolvia but also the warrant issued for the arrest of Morales,” Dr M’membe said.

The Socialist Party’s 2021 presidential candidate said for over a decade, the US embassy’s Center of Operations in La Paz had articulated the fact that it had two plans against progressive advancements in Bolivia – Plan A, the coup; Plan B, assassination of Morales.

“It is grotesque that in the 21st Century a country still aims at enslaving other nations in order to plunder their wealth. The threats, intimidation and violence on several ministers and government officials, who have since been forced to resign and the series of violent racist and misogynist attacks against supporters and officials of MAS are a clear demonstration of the inhumane character of imperialism,” he said. “We know that these violent right wing attacks we see in Bolivia are not isolated acts. They are an attack on the left wing advancements taking place across Latin America. This is clearly shown by the attacks on the Venezuelan, Cuban and Mexican embassies in the capital of Bolivia. It demonstrates how the US and other imperialist forces do not respect sovereignty and democratic process when they threaten imperialist interests, the neo-liberal agenda and instead fights for the well-being of workers and indigenous people.”

Dr M’membe said the left wing government of Morales fought to reverse plunder and redistribute wealth to its people.

He said this was against the logic of capitalist plunder.

“This is the reason why today a coup is underway – to deny the Bolivian masses their regained sovereignty and dignity. We strongly condemn the coup and declare our solidarity with the people of Bolivia who have made their democratic choice and who fight for peace, equality, the preservation of the lives of the Bolivian indigenous and the masses,” said Dr M’membe. “We are with Morales and with the popular masses in their struggle for justice, peace and equality.”

Morales resigned as president of Bolivia on Sunday amid election fraud protests and following the intervention of the chief of the armed forces, General Williams Kaliman, who urged him to step down in the interests of peace and stability.

On Monday, Morales accepted an offer of political asylum in Mexico.

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