Another US coup in Latin America: Evo Morales ousted as president of Bolivia

mabar

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Resignation of Bolivia’s Evo Morales was no victory for democracy, but a US-sponsored coup
https://www.rt.com/op-ed/473181-morales-bolivia-american-coup/ said:
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"I resign from my position as president so that (Carlos) Mesa and (Luis Fernando) Camacho do not continue to persecute socialist leaders."

https://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/333279-perfil-luis-camacho-golpe-estado-bolivia said:
Who is Luis Fernando Camacho, the man who leads the coup d'état in Bolivia and who promises that 'God will return to the Palace'?

This Sunday he entered the Government Palace by force to leave a letter to the Executive with a Bolivian flag and a Bible.

Luis Fernando Camacho presents himself on Twitter as "president of the Committee for Santa Cruz, lawyer and father of three children. He claims to fight "not with weapons but with faith," but it is the visible face of the coup d'état against Evo Morales. Who is the man who yesterday entered the Government Palace and prayed kneeling on the floor with a Bible on the Bolivian flag?

Family businesses

In the middle of this year, the local media reported that Camacho would be related to the Panama Papers: through the creation of three companies (Medis Overseas Corp., Navi International Holding and Positive Real Estates) he would have operated as an intermediary to "help people and companies hide their fortunes in offshore entities, launder money and establish tax evasion schemes". This is reflected in the report prepared by the legislative commission that investigated the issue, which was presented in September 2017. Then, Camacho said that they wanted to intimidate him: "I am not going to shut up, I am going to keep the speech," he said.

For Bolivian political scientist and analyst Marcelo Arequipa, "Camacho belongs to a historical family line in Santa Cruz of an elite that has always managed civic power and territorial power. And he related that the current situation in his country is as if he had returned to the nineteenth century. "It's the bible, the conservative and the appeal to the previous economic elites," he says in conversation with RT.

For Hugo Siles, a political scientist and former Minister of Autonomy in Santa Cruz, "Camacho is part of a wealthy family in the area. In the past, it used to cost each user $1,000 to $1,500 to connect to the gas network. That was one of his family's businesses. Today all that is free because of the nationalization policy where gas is a resource that we Bolivians have recovered for our economy. This is how he relates some of the concrete interests of his clan that were touched by the Morales government.

He is part of one of the two great lodges of the area (Los Caballeros del Oriente) and together with his family he is part of the Grupo Empresarial de Inversiones Nacional Vida S.A., companies linked to insurance, gas and services. He is 40 years old, is a lawyer from the Private University of Santa Cruz de la Sierra and has a master's degree in Financial and Tax Law from the University of Barcelona.

A man from Bolivia's richest region
In his youth, Camacho was vice-president of the Cruceñista Youth Organization (UJC), an organization whose motto is 'We are not violent, we are peaceful, but we are not cowards', and which is organized under the 'hashtag' #DiosVolveráAlPalacio. Siles defines it this way: "They are a violent shock group, historically they have made use of force".

The young people are part of the larger organization that Camacho now presides over and which between 1981 and 1983 was led by his father: Comité pro Santa Cruz.

Camacho has presided over it since February of this year. It is an organization that brings together different neighborhood entities, zones, businesses, workers from one of the richest areas of Bolivia. The region produces 70% of the country's food and has an enormous energy and hydrocarbon potential which, after the nationalization of Morales in 2016, is now in the hands of the State.

According to official data from the National Statistics Institute of Bolivia, the GDP of the Department of Santa Cruz in 2016 represented 28.9% of the total economy of the country. "Santa Cruz represents a third of the GDP. Here, with immense resources, it has organized a mobilization of people who have taken to the streets," says Siles.

It is a rich and influential region, but the last time it managed to have a president of its own was Hugo Banzer Suárez, who led a coup d'état in 1971 and then founded a party and won the presidential election in 1997. From the very beginning of the MAS administration, the department questioned the legitimacy of the government.

The 'cambas', as they are defined, were organized around civic committees led at the time by Branko Marinković, a leader son of a Croatian father and Montenegrin mother, and challenged the central power. It was an alliance between the elites of the departments of Beni, Pando, Tarija and Santa Cruz that was called 'the Crescent'. The tension escalated and there was even an incipient guerrilla that sought to break the unity of the nation state. The UJC, of which Camacho had been vice-president, was a key organization in the escalation of violence.

At the same time, a new constitution was being negotiated in Sucre. Faced with such a 'catastrophic tie' (as it was then called), the government called for a recall referendum in 2008 that would honestly correlate forces. Morales won, but most governors also won. However, the massacre of peasants in the Porvenir in September 2008 ended up tipping the balance in favour of the central government and forced the most rebellious sectors to sit at the negotiating table.

Persecution in the Name of God
Everything Camacho does has a very strong religious anchorage: he mentions God in all his apparitions, he took the Bible to the Government Palace and asks his followers to take the Virgin to the mobilizations. On October 4, he gathered his followers "at the feet of Christ the Redeemer" in Santa Cruz. Then, he posted a video on social networks in which he said that in that 'cabildo' they had decided to "punish the tyrant with the votes.

Camacho did not run as a candidate in this October's presidential elections in Bolivia. And yet, he is currently leading a coup that has as its original argument the denunciation of Morales' opposition to fraud.

He himself has taken care to make his style clear by publicly quoting the most famous Colombian drug trafficker
: "We have to do - saving the differences - and take out the agenda as Pablo Escobar did, but only to write down the names of the traitors of this town," he said Oct. 30 in a town hall in the southern zone of Santa Cruz.

This is circulating in Bolivia's social networks about the country's most important political organization: the Movement to Socialism. Camacho said they were going to write name by name, like Pablo Escobar. This is what they do at the grassroots level. And for this reason it is also a coup d'état.

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"Camacho is in fact the political leader of the opposition and who is imposing his agenda. He has made use of what is called 'the spectacularization of politics': he has used the screens in a perfect way," Arequipa analyzed.

According to him, he managed to add Ortíz's speech ("a technocratic right") with that of the Korean evangelical pastor (Chi Hyun Chung) who obtained a surprising 8.77% of the votes in the October elections. "It is the sum of the rights in Bolivia," he said.

After the 48 hours Camacho gave to Morales to resign, he summoned a new Cabildo and published a letter in which he writes the resignation of the then president. Since then, he began a journey on his way to the Palace to deliver the letter.

In the middle, the Organization of American States (OAS) denounced irregularities in some minutes and Morales decided to call new elections "to seek peace.

But the tension didn't go down: Camacho was still in the direction of the Palace. That place, in Plaza Murillo, is where the Executive worked until August 2018, when it moved its functions to the Casa Grande del Pueblo. It was there that Morales governed from then on. However, the Santa Cruz leader explicitly ignored that and decided to go to the old building.

Luis Fernando Camacho
This afternoon we will meet with the National Civic movement, CONADE, social organizations and the Bolivian people, to give them a message regarding the day and time that we will deliver the letter to President Morales, because it is not the whim of one man, or one department.

We will not leave this letter in any window, this letter is the voice of the people approved in the Cabildo cruceño and supported by the Bolivian people in different Cabildos. We will make the delivery to open doors, in front of the media.

Nor will we deliver the letter in a building that built a party, where luxury, hatred, racism, and contempt for the Bolivian people are concentrated. It will be delivered to the Government Palace, the Palacio Quemado, which represents the history of our people.
#BoliviaUnida

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Finally, that was the scene that shook the world yesterday. Minutes before Morales resigned the presidency, Camacho entered the Government Palace and presented the letter on a Bolivian flag with the Bible next to it.

The coup plotters at the government headquarters remove the Whipala flag, which represents the indigenous peoples of Bolivia. To further emphasize the rupture, they place a Bible on the national flag.
Just so they know the "democracy" they applaud.


Later he tweet: "Confirmed!! Arrest warrant for Evo Morales! The police and the military are looking for him in the Chapare, the place he hid.

But then - although it was already late and after the denials of the Police - he eliminated it. Morales denounced the persecution.

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Chu

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Although not the first time it happens in the region, I find it extremely sad. There goes another country. And Trump follows the script and congratulates the change. They are managing to do in Bolivia what they didn't manage to do in Venezuela. I don't believe for a minute that this wasn't a coup. Evo Morales seemed to be loved by the great majority, and he did so many great things for his country! From improving its economy, to standing up against American leftist ideologies, through standing up and telling the truth about the US warmongering campaigns, etc. etc. Poor Bolivians. :cry:
 

mabar

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It was not easy for Evo Morales to reach Mexico either.
https://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/333433-vivo-comparecencia-gobierno-mexico-asilo-morales said:
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The plane traveled from Mexico to Peru. There he stopped in Lima and then traveled to Bolivia, but the political chaos in the Bolivian nation led to the denial of permission to pick up Morales. The aircraft had to return to Peru and wait for authorization to enter Bolivia.

"Yesterday no one could tell us who is in charge in Bolivia," explained the Mexican foreign minister.

The South American Odyssey
Once the authorization to enter Bolivia was obtained, the route they had planned to take to transfer the deposed president was to travel through Peru and then take international waters. Originally they had the permission of the Martín Vizcarra government, but with Evo Morales already on the plane, the Peruvian foreign minister notified Ebrard that, due to political decisions, he decided to cancel the permission.

Faced with the Peruvian government's refusal, Ebrard spoke with the Paraguayan foreign minister, who agreed to allow the Mexican plane to descend into the city of Asunción to refuel and prevent a tragedy from occurring with Morales. All this, in a climate of tension in which the sympathizers of the deposed president guarded the airport where he boarded the plane, in Bolivia.

Thus, the plane made a stopover in the Paraguayan capital, although this country declined at the last minute the departure of the Mexican plane. However, the efforts of the Mexican ambassador in Paraguay allowed the aircraft to leave that country.

Subsequently, the Bolivian authorities prevented the Mexican aircraft from flying over that nation's airspace, so permission had to be requested from Brazil and then from Peru.

At the stroke of 8:00 GMT, the aircraft left for Mexico, but there was a new setback to surround Ecuador, after the government of Lenin Moreno refused to allow the passage of the aircraft. From there, the trip took place through Mexican national waters, so no more setbacks are expected.
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Military planes fly over El Alto's town hall as people sing the #Bolivia hymn. That is the response of the coup plotters to the popular demand. --using deepl
 

c.a.

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Man this whole affair came out of nowhere and accelerated like wild fire.



Evo Morales is exiled to Mexico, where they have granted political asylum. The former president of Bolivia has left the country and has been exiled to Mexico, where they have granted political asylum. http://bit.ly/morales_mexico



Evo Morales
Current President of Bolivia Evo Morales is also titular president of Bolivia's cocalero movement – a loose federation of coca growers' unions, made up of campesinos who are resisting the efforts of the United States government to eradicate coca in the province of Chapare in central Bolivia.

However, President Morales appears to be having some success in counter-narcotics efforts. Seizures of coca paste and cocaine and destruction of drug laboratories have steadily increased since President Morales took office, and coca cultivation was down 13% in 2011 alone. Analysts such as Kathryn Ledebur and Colletta Youngers indicate that these successes have emerged from effective coca monitoring, increased economic development, and "social control".[1] Such improvements in Bolivia's narcotics situation have reportedly drawn attention and led to a slight diplomatic thaw with the United States; the two countries are expected to swap ambassadors.
 

c.a.

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So, some are claiming that Bolivia's Lithium deposits are just one of the reason's for this CIA backed over throw. While others site the obvious. Follow the money. Follow the drugs.





One of the world’s poorest nations is sitting on the second-largest amount of the mineral needed to power electric cars.
Snip: December 3, 2018 11-14 minute Read.
A small army of workers from cities and villages across Bolivia boards the buses for the last leg of a commute that can last days. The meandering, bumpy dirt roads, the thin air at high altitude, the ordeal of bringing labor into the blinding white plain of the world’s largest salt flat—all of this stands between anyone who dreams of retrieving Bolivia’s lithium riches and turning it into electric-car batteries.

These workers will spend two weeks at the Uyuni salt flat in the southern tip of Bolivia before they return home for a seven-day rest. They are attempting to build a world-class lithium mine on top of the Andes mountains, about 12,000 feet above sea level at the heart of landlocked Bolivia. The nearest port is at least 500 kilometers and a border crossing away.

From above, this vast area appears so white it gets mistaken for a giant snow plain. The salt crystallizes in the dry season, forming millions of tile-looking hexagons that span an area as large as Connecticut. During the wet season, it’s covered by a thin layer of water that forms a giant mirror, reflecting the sky so neatly that the line of the horizon disappears. The visual effect draws thousands of visitors and the Dakar Rally every year, making it Bolivia’s top tourist destination.

The ambition is to ultimately transform Bolivia into a manufacturer of the rechargeable batteries inside Tesla Inc.’s all-electric cars and the nearly 300 EV models expected to reach the market by 2022, according to Bloomberg NEF.
 

sToRmR1dR

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Bolivia is on the brink of a civil war - Evo Morales still is legitimate president.

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Alejo

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This entire situation was right on time I feel.

Evo Morales had just won elections, the entire question was weather it was enough or not for a second round to be needed.

Somehow this was enough for the millitary to be bought and for him and his family to be threatened and his properties robbed.

Him being in power in Bolivia again was enough of a threat, specially after the elections in Argentina and their result and the recent liberation of Lula Da Silva.

I have a feeling that there will be massive demonstrations in favor of bringing him back but these will be ignored by the media and they will be brutally squashed by the army.

Sad, but unfortunately not unseen in South America.
 

Mariama

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I haven't done extensive research yet other than following some links in the article, but I think this article of Middle East Eye is very interesting: Bolivia: A coup for Israel too

So it’s no surprise that Israel was quick to embrace rapprochement with the newly cleansed government of Bolivia after the November coup, with Israel’s Ynet news site reporting that “the resumption of relations between Bolivia and Israel was made possible by the end of the reign of former hostile President Abu Morales”. (It is not clear whether the Evo-to-Abu modification was a bizarre mistake or a deliberate attempt by some sneaky Ynet person to Arabise the “hostile” leader’s name.)

Additional bonding opportunities rapidly materialised, as Bolivia went about requesting assistance from Israel in training police units for counterterrorism operations. On 6 December, Bolivian interim interior minister, Arturo Murillo, told Reuters: “We’ve invited them to help us. They’re used to dealing with terrorists. They know how to handle them. The only thing we want is to bring peace.”

The “terrorists” supposedly wreaking havoc in Bolivia are, according to the Reuters report, “radical leftists allegedly linked to [Venezuelan President Nicolas] Maduro and drug-traffickers whom the [Bolivian interim] government say had instigated deadly unrest in the country”. In other words, the usual mishmash of hemispheric bogeymen trotted out to justify whatever right-wing undertaking is in need of justification - and never mind that the Bolivian military and police have been the ones perpetrating massacres.

Also, the article mentions Israel's role in previous coups in Latin-America and in contemporary Chile:

But it’s precisely Israel’s extensive experience in brutal - and frequently lethal - repression that make its tactics so marketable to right-wing regimes worldwide. In Latin America in particular, Israel has been complicit in everything from arming and training death squads in Guatemala and El Salvador, to fuelling the murderous behaviour of notorious former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, to fuelling the murderous behaviour of the contemporary Chilean regime.
 

angelburst29

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They are managing to do in Bolivia what they didn't manage to do in Venezuela.

I don't know how safe Evo Morales is in Argentina? It's new President, Alberto Fernandez just got elected and it seems to me, the push to oust Morales came when Fernandez looked like he was the frontrunner for the Presidency! Is Fernandez a U.S. puppet? I think, another Coup is in the making with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro?

Boliva's ex-president Morales plans party rally on Argentina border
FILE PHOTO: Former Bolivian President Evo Morales leaves after giving a news conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 19, 2019. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian
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Argentina's new president surprises students for final exams
Argentina's new President Alberto Fernandez briefly swapped duties on Friday, returning to unfinished business at his former job as a college professor overseeing students' final exams.

Argentina's new government hikes export taxes on disgruntled farmers
Argentina's new government has hiked export levies on soy, wheat and corn, according to an official decree on Saturday, hitting farmers in the grains exporting nation to raise revenue needed to avoid default on a mountain of looming sovereign debt.
 

Yas

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I don't know how safe Evo Morales is in Argentina? It's new President, Alberto Fernandez just got elected and it seems to me, the push to oust Morales came when Fernandez looked like he was the frontrunner for the Presidency! Is Fernandez a U.S. puppet? I think, another Coup is in the making with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro?

I don't think so. Fernandez is closer to Morales, ideologically speaking, than the former Argentinian President, and I would say that the push came from him in any way. I could be wrong of course, considering Ecuador and how Lenín Moreno seemed to be under Correa's wings and then turned against him -Fernandez could also turn against the people and parties he represents, yet, I find that hardly likely.
 

angelburst29

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I see this as an interesting development - hope more information becomes available? From what I have learned about "the Lima Group" - they were basically set up to oust Venezuelan President Maduro. Now, since Evo Morales has been ousted - Bolivia has joined the Lima Group? Doesn't look like interim Bolivian President Jeanine Anez is wasting any time in moving Chess pieces for the Power's-that-Be? And it looks like interim Guaido is up for re-election. Do I sense "a game-play" being manipulated here - all at Evo Morales expense?

Bolivia announces entry into Lima Group to resolve Venezuelan crisis
FILE PHOTO: Brazil's Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo is seen after a meeting of the Lima Group in Brasilia, Brazil, November 8, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado/File Photo
Bolivia on Sunday announced its entry into the Lima Group regional bloc that was set up to find a way out of the Venezuelan crisis.

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angelburst29

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La Paz, Bolivia – Just one month after ruling elites and right-wing politicians seized power in Bolivia with a military coup, the fragile unity they briefly enjoyed has erupted into a bitter public feud.

While Evo’s MAS party regroups, Bolivia’s coup leaders are eating each other alive (Photos)
While Evo’s MAS party regroups, Bolivia’s coup leaders are eating each other alive

December 15, 2019 - Local analysts had predicted that coup leader Luis Fernando Camacho and businessman Marco Pumari could unite the right from the country’s east and west, both indigenous and white or mestizo. They were seen as an insurmountable dream team.

That alliance now lies smoldering, with the two presidential frontrunners openly airing their dirty laundry amid a vicious power struggle.

The battle between the two right-wing heavyweights began when Camacho secretly taped and leaked a conversation in which he accused Pumari of soliciting a bribe of $250,000 and control of two customs checkpoints in return for his spot on the presidential ticket. Camacho fervently denied leaking the tape, which has left Pumari’s presidential aspirations in shambles.

But just days after right-wing CNN personality Fernando del Rincón shared a stage and smile with Camacho, while accepting an award from his far-right Santa Cruz Civic Committee for his part in helping “save democracy,” del Rincón dropped a bomb.

In a live December 13 interview on CNN en Español, del Rincón confronted Camacho over sending him the tape. (Long article.)


With the right-wing coup in Bolivia nearly complete, the junta is hunting down the last remaining dissidents
With the right-wing coup in Bolivia nearly complete, the junta is hunting down the last remaining dissidents

November 27, 2019 - A brutal military junta that seized power from Bolivia’s democratically elected President Evo Morales is violently repressing a working-class indigenous-led uprising, and the country is rapidly falling under its control.

Soldiers in military fatigues prowl the streets, enforcing a series of choke points around the seat of power. Anyone perceived as standing against the status quo is now subject to being arrested on charges of sedition or terrorism. Dissident journalists and Morales sympathizers have been forced into hiding, leaving the house only when necessary.

[...] Since their country was taken over by far-right landowning elites, virtually every leftist Bolivian with a public profile has begun to feel the heat. Even relative newcomers to politics bear the scars of repression. (Long article).


Human Rights Watch supports US-backed far-right coup in Bolivia, whitewashes massacre of indigenous protesters
Human Rights Watch supports US-backed far-right coup in Bolivia, whitewashes massacre of indigenous protesters

November 20, 2019 - Human Rights Watch refused to called the US-backed military overthrow of Bolviva’s President Evo Morales a coup, and director Ken Roth praised the “transitional moment” against the elected “strongman”

Bolivia is in turmoil after President Evo Morales was deposed in a U.S.-supported coup d’état on November 10.

The new coup government forced Morales into exile, arrested left-wing politicians and journalists, and then pre-exonerated security services of all crimes committed during the “re-establishment of order,” effectively giving soldiers a license to kill all resistance to the military junta’s rule.

Dozens have been killed. Indigenous protesters were massacred in the city of Cochabamba and the small town of Senkata.

However, far from standing up for the oppressed, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has effectively endorsed the events. In its official communiqué, HRW refrained from using the word coup, insisting Morales “resigned.”

HRW Americas director José Miguel Vivanco claimed President Morales stepped down “after weeks of civil unrest and violent clashes,” and did not even mention opposition violence against his party or the role of the military in demanding, at gunpoint, that he resign.


'I'll be back' within a year, ousted Bolivian leader Morales vows
FILE PHOTO: Former Bolivian President Evo Morales gestures during an interview with Reuters, in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 24, 2019. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian
Ousted Bolivian leader Evo Morales told Reuters he plans to return to his home country by next Christmas, after going into exile in neighboring Argentina following a disputed election.
 

angelburst29

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A Diplomatic rift, of sorts, between Bolivia and Mexico over Mexico's embassy in La Paz and Bolivian security and intelligence officials
intimidating the Ambassador and Diplomatic Staff. It seems to stem from Mexico not recognizing its new, conservative premier.

"Mexico on Monday accused Bolivia of intimidating its diplomats while Bolivia said Mexico had hijacked a regional summit and dragged its feet in recognizing its new, conservative premier."

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Mexico accuses Bolivia of more harassment, even as president sees let-up
FILE PHOTO: Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador celebrates the U.S. House approval of the USMCA North American trade deal at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, December 19, 2019. Mexico's Presidency/Handout via REUTERS
Mexico's foreign ministry on Tuesday again accused Bolivian security and intelligence officials of harassing its diplomatic staff in La Paz, despite remarks by the Mexican president earlier in the day that obtrusive surveillance was easing.

Mexico appeals to international court as diplomatic row with Bolivia intensifies
Police officers stand guard next to Mexico's embassy in La Paz, Bolivia December 26, 2019. REUTERS/David Mercado
Mexico on Thursday turned to the International Court of Justice to ensure its diplomatic facilities were respected in Bolivia as it ramped up pressure on the South American country's interim government to back down in an increasingly fractious spat.

Bolivia´s foreign minister says Mexico appeal to International Court 'a mistake' FILE PHOTO: Bolivia's Foreign Minister Karen Longaric speaks during a news conference in La Paz, Bolivia December 23, 2019. REUTERS/David Mercado
Bolivia´s foreign minister rejected claims by Mexico that it has ramped up its police presence outside its embassy in La Paz and is intimidating its diplomats, saying Mexico asked for police support and it would never violate international protocols.

Bolivia is not a Mexican colony, acting foreign minister Longaric tells El Pais
FILE PHOTO: Bolivia's Foreign Minister Karen Longaric speaks during a Reuters interview in La Paz, Bolivia, Nov. 21, 2019. REUTERS/Manuel Claure
Mexico should stay out of Bolivian domestic affairs after the collapse last month of former leader Evo Morales's Socialist government, Bolivia's acting foreign minister Karen Longaric was quoted saying in an interview published on Saturday.
 
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