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Violence And Repression Continue In Bolivia, As OAS Urges Coup Government to Hold Election

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Violence And Repression Continue In Bolivia, As OAS Urges Coup Government to Hold Election

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On November 20th, the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) approved a resolution on the “Situation in Bolivia.”

The resolution resolves to calls upon Bolivian authorities to “urgently” hold elections and “to promptly adopt an electoral schedule”.

It furthermore calls all sides to “immediately cease from violence, preserve peace, and seek a frank dialogue to promote national democratic reconciliation.”

The OAS itself suggested to mediate the election process and essentially control it so that “transparent elections” may take place. Or ones that hopefully elect a suitable candidate to the taste of the Washington-led establishment.

To that end, the resolution instructs “the General Secretariat of the OAS, through the Secretariat for Strengthening Democracy, to grant all the requested technical support necessary for the electoral process to begin immediately, in accordance with the principles of transparency, independence, credibility, and trust consistent with international electoral standards.”

Only one country, out of all the members of the OAS expressed a differing opinion – Uruguay. It condemned the actions of the Secretary General of the OAS and his recognition of Jeanine Anez as self-proclaimed Interim President of Bolivia.

“In Bolivia there was an interruption of the institutional order, given that the constitutional procedures for accepting the resignation of President Evo Morales were not followed, inasmuch as the Legislative Assembly had not convened, as established in Article 170 of the Bolivian Constitution cited in the draft resolution.

To disregard that fact is extremely serious and cannot be ignored. The Secretary General of the OAS has again overstepped his functions by recognizing Ms. Jeanine Añez as Interim President, when, in reality, she is a de facto authority.”

Furthermore, Uruguay underlined that the OAS had no legitimacy to recognize governments.

In addition, it would appear that the “Permanent Council” actually negotiated the resolution behind closed doors, in a limited quorum and Uruguay wasn’t invited to the discussions.

“Uruguay calls on the de facto Bolivian authorities at once to cease the indiscriminate repression of civilians and immediately to call free, transparent, and credible elections observed by reliable organizations and institutions, such as the United Nations or the European Union.”

Finally, Antigua and Barbuda, Mexico, Nicaragua and St. Vincent and the Grenadines announced that they would also release their own footnotes on the resolution, but they haven’t as of mid-day on November 21st. It is likely that they also weren’t included in closed doors discussions.

The discussions and support are quite dubious, as if the OAS is supporting the coup attempt in Bolivia against “former” President Evo Morales.

Meanwhile, to counter the coup, Evo Morales called for an international “Truth Commission” to examine the role of the US-dominated OAS in the events of November 10th and on.

“We invite international organizations, Pope Francis, to form a truth commission about the October 20 [presidential] elections,” Morales said during a press conference in Mexico.

“Luis Almagro [OAS Secretary General] and the OAS joined the coup d’etat in Bolivia,” Morales said. “The Truth Commission will show the role of the OAS in the coup.”

CEPR co-director Mark Weisbrot accused OAS of misleading the Bolivian public about the results of the presidential election and helping to spark the coup that ousted Morales.

Meanwhile, clashes in Bolivia continue, on November 19th, at least 3 died and 22 were injured after Bolivian police and military forces used armored vehicles and helicopters to unblock access to a major fuel plant that had been blockaded by supporters of former president Evo Morales.

Clashes took place in Cochabamba, as well. There appears to be a limited amount of information on what exactly is transpiring inside the country as of November 20th and 21st, but it is unlikely that any significant reduction in violence has taken place, since the coup government is struggling to consolidate any sort of power.

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