‘OAS Is a Tool of the US Empire’: Bolivia’s Evo Morales

Evo Morales denunció que el golpe de Estado en su contra, es una conspiración política y económica que viene desde EE.UU.
Bolivia’s Evo Morales arriving at a news conference in downtown Mexico City, Mexico, Nov. 13, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

On Wednesday, Salvatierra said she is willing to install the parliamentary session and assume the presidency of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.

Nov 13 (teleSUR)

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales denounced Wednesday the Organization of American States for being at the service of the United States and contributing to his country’s political crisis.

“The OAS is not at the service of the Latin American peoples and less of its social movements. It is at the service of the U.S. empire,” Morales said from Mexico, where he is currently residing as a political refugee after being forced to resign last Sunday.

Meanwhile, due to massive demonstrations that have paralyzed La Paz, the Bolivian Parliament could not meet to formally process the resignation of Evo Morales, who is still the country’s president.

Right-wing opposition politicians, however, summoned themselves to a meeting in the former Mining Bank at the Murillo Square, where only people who support the coup are being allowed to enter.

In an absolutely notorious and public way, the Police gathered around the private building to prevent the entry of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) Senator and First President of the Senate Adriana Salvatierra, who under the Constitution is next in presidential succession line after Morales and ousted Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera.

On Wednesday, Salvatierra said she is willing to install the parliamentary session and assume the presidency of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.

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“Farmers who grow coca leaf in the tropics declare themselves in mobilization until Evo returns.”

Thousands of Bolivians are demonstrating in rejection of the coup against President Morales, which was orchestrated by opposition leaders Luis Fernando Camacho and Carlos Mesa.

“We are not afraid! We are not afraid!” the Bolivian farmers and workers shouted as Air Force planes flew menacingly over their massive demonstration in downtown La Paz.

To prevent further violations of the Bolivian constitution, progressive social movements have been demanding that the Legislature not be installed in session to consummate the coup d’etat. Parliament suspended the session Tuesday as there was no quorum but Senator Jeanine Añez, proclaimed herself as “Interim President.”

This is how the Bolivian fascist coup’ armed arm prevented the entry of Adriana Salvatierra, the Senate president, who is from Evo Morales’s party. According to the Constitution, the MAS lawmaker is the next in the succession line to become the country’s president

Workers and farmers also rejected the racist attitudes of Bolivia’s far-right elites, which burned the Whipala, the flag of the Indigenous peoples and the second official flag of Bolivia.

For his part, Argentina’s President-elect Alberto Fernandez on Wednesday refused to consider Senator Añez as Bolivia’s interim president and questioned his country’s foreign policy.

“Our Foreign Affairs Ministry had a hard time seeing the obvious, which is that there was a coup in Bolivia. I hope they don’t recognize the outcome of a coup d’etat,” Fernandez said after a meeting with social movements held at the Argentine Episcopal Conference in Buenos Aires.

“There was an Army chief who asked for the resignation of a President and a Police that mutinied,” he recalled, stressing that those facts are “called a coup d’etat anywhere in the world.”

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Spanish royal couple open exhibition by Prensa Latina and EFE

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Havana, Nov 13 (Prensa Latina) Spanish King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia opened in Cuba a photographic exhibition by Prensa Latina and EFE news agencies and supported by Iberia airline at the Alicia Alonso Grand Theater of Havana.

‘España-Cuba, contigo en la distancia’ (Spain-Cuba: With you in the distance) is the title of the photographic exhibition to honor the ties between the peoples of the two nations throughout history.

Cuban Council of Ministers Vice President Roberto Morales and Deputy Culture Minister Fernando Rojas shared the opening ceremony of the exhibition in the presence of the presidents of Prensa Latina and EFE, Luis Enrique Gonzalez and Fernando Garea, respectively.

Alberto Gonzalez, director of the International Press Center at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX), and Iberia CEO Luis Gallego – an airline celebrating the 70th anniversary of its first flight to this Caribbean island – also attended the inauguration.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the founding of EFE, and the 60th anniversary of the founding of Prensa Latina in this capital.

The exhibition of 60 images is a tribute to Havana by the two news agencies, as part of the activities to mark the 500th anniversary of the city’s founding on November 16.

After touring the exhibition, Don Felipe VI and Doña Letizia enjoyed a gala in the Garcia Lorca hall of the same theater, starring some of the most emblematic dance companies in the country, directed by Cuban dancer and choreographer Lizt Alfonso.


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Serbian delegation heads to Havana for 500th anniversary celebrations

Belgrade, Nov 13 (Prensa Latina) Nikola Nikodijevic, chairman of the City Assembly of Belgrade, left for Cuba this Wednesday to participate in the activities to mark the 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana.

The visit responds to the official invitation by Reinaldo Garcia Zapata, president of the Provincial Assembly of Havana, which was recently delivered by Cuban Ambassador to Serbia, Gustavo Trista del Todo.

During that meeting, the two sides assessed the good state of bilateral relations and highlighted the boost they will receive with the signing of a cooperation agreement between the two capitals during Nikodijevic’s stay in Havana. The city chairman is accompanied by Nebojsa Jakovljevic, head of his cabinet.

Nikodijevic was born in Belgrade on September 26, 1981. He was elected to this responsibility in April 2014 and re-elected in May 2018.

He is a graduate of the University of Belgrade’s Law Faculty and is a leader of the Socialist Party of Serbia.


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Cuba presents its revolutionary achievements at UNESCO Conference

By Waldo Mendiluza Paris, Nov 13 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is participating in the 40th Session of the UNESCO General Conference by presenting its revolutionary achievements, Culture Minister Alpidio Alonso, leading the delegation of the Caribbean country, said in Paris.

During an interview with Prensa Latina regarding the event taking place from November 12 to 27, Alonso highlighted Cuba’s active contribution of its experiences in the fields of education, culture and science to the forum.

‘We came to express the ideas we defend on the conditions required for the world to aspire to sustainable and harmonious development, which include inclusive access to the areas under UNESCO competence,’ he stated.

According to the official, Cuba can proudly and modestly show progress in these areas, based on the political will of the Revolution since its triumph on January 1, 1959, to promote education, science and culture.

The General Conference takes place in a complex international context, marked by questions and attacks on multilateralism, which confirms the importance of the forum as a space to promote respect for differences, identity, sovereignty and the right of all peoples to development and peace, he noted.

The official said Cuba also attends the UNESCO General Conference with the aim of denouncing to the international community the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States for almost 60 years.


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Russian delegation attends Havana’s 500th anniversary celebrations

Havana, Nov 12 (Prensa Latina) A delegation of the Russia-Cuba Friendship Society (SARC) is today in this capital to participate in the celebrations to mark the 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana and the 55 years of the group.

President of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), Fernando González, welcomed the delegation, headed by its President, Aleksei M. Lavrov, Deputy Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation.

González highlighted the joint work between ICAP and SARC in the preparation of the 19th European Solidarity with Cuba Meeting, scheduled for July 2020 in Moscow.

For his part, Lavrov highlighted that his country has seen several festivals dedicated to the Cuban capital, and expressed satisfaction on being in Havana to celebrate its half millennium.


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Evo Morales in Mexico City: “A Security Official Was Offered US$ 50 Thousand in Exchange for Capturing me”

“As long as I have life, I will keep fighting”

Nov 12 (Orinoco Tribune) The Mexican Air Force plane carrying President Evo Morales, deposed by a coup d’etat, landed Tuesday at the International Airport of Mexico City, after the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador offered him political asylum for “humanitarian reasons”. In a brief statement, he thanked the Mexican government for “saving his life.”

The Mexican Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard personally received Evo Morales at the airport, who was accompanied by his vice president, Álvaro García Linera, and his Minister of Health, Gabriela Montaño.

In a message to the media, Evo Morales thanked President López Obrador and the people of Mexico for saving his life.

“I am very grateful to the president and the Mexican people, because he saved my life”. He explained that, on Saturday, November 9, “an army security member showed me messages” asking him to capture me “in exchange for US$ 50,000, one day before my resignation” Morales said.

“As long as I have life, I will keep fighting”
The Bolivian politician explained that, despite his forced exile because of the coup d’etat that was perpetrated against him after proclaiming himself the winner of the first round of the presidential elections in Bolivia, he will not abandon political activity.

Photo: Agencies

“As long as I have life, we continue in politics, the struggle continues, and we are sure that the people have every right to free themselves. I thought we were done with oppression, humiliation, but other groups emerge that do not respect life and less, the country,” said the deposed president of Bolivia.

He explained that the coup strategy began after the results achieved by the progressive forces and the Movement for Socialism (MAS) in the general elections of October 20. He pointed out that the coup d’etat is a lesson to strengthen the struggle of the peoples.

“Not for this coup will I change, not for this coup will I change, having worked for the humblest; it is one more lesson to learn, to strengthen the struggle of the peoples” he said.

For security reasons, the Mexican Government reserved information on where Morales and his collaborators will spend the night.

The Mexican plane that transferred Morales suffered a complicated journey due to the refusal of several countries, including Peru, Paraguay, Ecuador and Bolivia itself, to allow them to land or fly over them.

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Spanish king and queen arrive in Cuba

Havana, Nov 12 (Prensa Latina) Spanish King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia arrived in Cuba, where they will undertake an official visit.

Upon arriving in Cuba on Monday, the monarchs were received at the Jose Marti International Airport by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez.

During their stay in Havana, the royal couple will pay tribute to National Hero Jose Marti and hold high-level official talks.

They will also participate in the opening ceremony of the photographic exhibition ‘España-Cuba, contigo en la distancia’ (Spain-Cuba, with you in the distance), allegorical to the relations between both nations, at Havana’s Alicia Alonso Grand Theater, where they will enjoy a ballet performance in their honor.

According to the program of the visit, before traveling to the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba on November 14, Don Felipe VI and Doña Letizia will tour the historic center of the capital, and will present Havana City Historian Eusebio Leal with the Royal and Distinguished Spanish Order of Charles III, Grand Cross Breast Star.

They will also visit centers of scientific interest in the capital, and participate in other activities in the context of the celebrations to mark the 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana.

In Santiago de Cuba, the royal couple will pay tribute to the Spanish soldiers who fell in the Spanish?American War and will carry out other activities.


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Foreign ministers of Cuba and Laos advocate stronger bilateral ties

Havana, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) The Foreign Ministers of Cuba and Laos, Bruno Rodriguez and Saleumxay Kommasith, respectively, advocated on Monday in this capital the strengthening of bilateral relations on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of their establishment.

Upon receiving his Asian counterpart at the headquarters of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Rodriguez expressed gratitude for ‘the permanent solidarity’ between the peoples and governments of both countries.

This visit reaffirms the shared will to deepen the excellent ties in all areas and is an opportunity to develop a political dialogue, the Cuban minister stressed.

The head of Cuban diplomacy added that Saleumxay’s presence responds to the high priority that Havana gives to its ties with Laos.

For his part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic considered that the two countries share a socialist ideology.

He indicated that Laos supports Cuba’s battle against the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States.

The official visit of the Laos foreign minister will last until November 12, and includes visits to sites of economic and social interest, according to official sources.

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic has maintained excellent diplomatic relations with Cuba since their establishment in 1974.


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Trump Threatens Venezuela And Nicaragua After Coup in Bolivia

Donald Trump threatens Venezuela and Nicaragua after the coup that forced out President Evo Morales in Bolivia.
Donald Trump threatens Venezuela and Nicaragua after the coup that forced out President Evo Morales in Bolivia. | Photo: Reuters

The U.S. president also stated his support for the Bolivian military’s role in the coup.

Nov 11 (teleSUR) United States President Donald Trump has issued threats Monday against the governments of Venezuela and Nicaragua after Sunday’s coup against President Evo Morales in Bolivia.

“The resignation yesterday of Bolivian President Evo Morales is a significant moment for democracy in the Western Hemisphere,” Trump said in a statement published on the Withe House’s website, adding that “these events send a strong signal to the illegitimate regimes in Venezuela and Nicaragua that democracy and the will of the people will always prevail.”

The U.S. president also stated his support for the Bolivian military’s role in the coup Monday saying that “the United States applauds the Bolivian people for demanding freedom and the Bolivian military for abiding by its oath to protect not just a single person, but Bolivia’s constitution.”

Following Trump’s threatening comments, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said his country is prepared to face the imperialist offensive.

“We are going to fight for peace, for the homeland, for sovereignty and for the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela. The victory belongs to us and we will show it on the streets in a military-civic union,” Maduro declared

Venezuela and Nicaragua are currently suffering from harsh economic and commercial sanctions imposed by the U.S., which are illegal under international law.

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Cuba signs tourism promotion agreement with Chinese agency CTRIP

Shanghai, China, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) Cuba signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese agency CTRIP, the world’s second largest online travel company, to position its tourist destinations on that important platform, Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero reported.

The minister explained that as of this day the website Ctrip.com will promote Cuba’s attractions in the so-called leisure industry, but in addition, his office will maintain contacts in order to strengthen further relations as the goal is to double in two or three years the arrival of Chinese travelers to that Caribbean nation.

CTRIP is based in Shanghai, was founded in 1999 and is also the largest online travel company in Southeast Asia.

It has become one of the largest providers of such services with a series of domestic and foreign platforms such as Skyscanner.

Meanwhile, Marrero announced that the Cuban Ministry of Tourism decided to appoint a permanent tourism counsellor at the Cuban Embassy in Beijing, who will be in charge of offering direct information on everything related to the development of the sector.

Marrero is undertaking a visit to China, which as well as several meetings, included a presentation at the Cuban Embassy in Beijing on Friday.


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