Repression and racist violence – The Guardian takes stock of US henchman Bolivia’s rule

Nearly a year after a Washington-backed coup d’état took place in Bolivia, the country is plunging into chaos.

As previously reported by News Front, last year the Bolivian opposition, with US assistance, staged a coup d’etat in the country. The reason for the protests was called the results of the electoral process, as a result of which Evo Morales won.

Morales’ leadership was justified by the real support of the population. During his presidency, which began in 2006, he significantly boosted the country’s economy, raised the minimum wage and lowered the unemployment rate. At the same time, he was opposed to the neocolonization of Latin America by the United States, which played a decisive role in his overthrow. On November 10 of last year, he was forced to resign, and was replaced by Jeanine Agnes, pleasing to Washington.

Since then, Bolivia has “plunged into a nightmare of political repression and racist state violence”, writes The Guardian. Citing data from the Harvard Law School and the University’s Human Rights Network, the media notes that this month was the second largest number of civilian deaths as a result of government forces in the past four decades.

Morales was the first indigenous president of Bolivia, and the so-called local white elite was chosen by the United States to overthrow him. Known for her racist leanings, she has long tried to regain the influence she lost with Morales’ rise to power. Reports from the Harvard Law School and the University’s Human Rights Network clearly point to the racist nature of state violence in the country, which has degenerated into indigenous massacres. All this would not have happened if not for the United States, which imposed its position through the Organization of American States.

The accusations of the OAS, as noted by The Guardian, became the basis for the overthrow of Morales. It was Carlos Trujillo, the US representative in the organization, who led a team of observers to later declare the falsification of the Bolivian elections. The charges were unsubstantiated. Moreover, international human rights structures have repeatedly pointed out that there was no fraud, but these facts were persistently ignored.

“OAS officials were not only wrong in their repeated allegations of fraud, but seemed to know that their allegations were false”, – the article says.

The consequence of such an adventure was that Bolivia was led by Jeanine Agnes. It was immediately recognized by the United States. Now the self-proclaimed President of Bolivia calls local religious practices “satanic” and the people of the country – savages. Her reign was expected to be temporary, but elections are regularly postponed under the guise of the coronavirus pandemic. Against this background, popular riots even broke out in August, and Agnes herself, who was planning to fight for the presidency, was forced to abandon her ambitions.