Sunday, November 17, 2019

Che Memorial Monument, La Higuera, Bolivia -- Daily LIFT #51


Che Memorial Monument, La Higuera, Bolivia where he was captured and killed.

"There are no borders in this struggle to the death. We cannot be indifferent to what happens anywhere in the world, because a victory by any country over imperialism is our victory, just as any country's defeat is a defeat for all of us." - Che, 1965

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Israeli Violence in Gaza, Chilean Protests, Stephen Miller & more -- The Week in News, Opinion and Videos November 10 - 17



This week's list of articles, news items, opinion pieces and videos that I see as a must if you are looking for a roundup that should be of interest to The Left Chapter readers.



This list covers the week of November 10 - 17.

If you are looking for this week's news, videos and updates about the ongoing imperialist backed right wing racist coup in Bolivia see: "It’s called a coup" -- News, Videos, Statements and Developments about Bolivia

1) 30 Years Ago Today in El Salvador, US-Trained Soldiers Murdered 6 Priests in Cold Blood

Hilary Goodfriend, Jacobin

Today marks thirty years since the massacre of six Jesuits, their housekeeper, and her daughter by US-trained forces. But US brutality in Latin America isn’t a thing of the past: top military officials involved in the coup against Bolivian president Evo Morales were trained by the United States, too.



2) 'That can't be my Winnipeg': Racism on the rise here, says woman born and raised in city

Reanna Khan · CBC News

'I am forced to realize we are not a diverse, inclusive city,' says 3rd-generation Winnipegger Reanna Khan

3) ‘I’m afraid of the guys with guns’: Saskatoon police vs. Indigenous people

John Murray, APTN

On the night of June 29, 2016 Dion Ladouceur ended up on his bedroom floor after being stunned by a police Taser.

4) Canada is long overdue for universal dental care

Brandon Doucet, Canadian Dimension

Progressives need to do more work to organize the public on the benefits of public dental care, because there is popular support for it. A 2019 Ipsos poll found that 86% of Canadians surveyed support government funded dental care for those without insurance. Abacus found 66% of Canadians surveyed support expanding public healthcare to include prescription drugs, dental and vision care. If progressives were better organized, we could make strides in pushing for a universal dental care plan that not only covers everyone, but also saves money.

5) Brett Kavanaugh Speech Protested With Rape Whistles, Handmaid Costumes, Christine Blasey Ford Video

Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue

The event (which listed Facebook as a “Gold Circle” sponsor, according to The Verge) in Washington, D.C.’s Union Station garnered attention from more than just the 2,000 members of the society in attendance, though. Both outside and inside the event, protesters continued a public pressure campaign against Kavanaugh reminiscent of the mass protests last year during his confirmation hearings.

6) Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has granted Rodney Reed an indefinite stay of execution

Innocence Project 

We just got the news that the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has granted Rodney Reed an indefinite stay of execution, meaning he no longer has an execution date. This news came just hours after the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously recommended a reprieve of Rodney’s execution.

7) MTA Will Spend $249M On New Cops to Save $200M on Fare Evasion

Dave Colon, Streetsblog NYC

Guess this is why they don’t call it the Mathematics Transportation Authority.

8) France: 1,000 Yellow Vests Sent To Prison in 1 Year of Protests

Telesur

For months, tear gas clouded the boulevards of Paris most Saturdays as protesters skirmished with riot police, whose heavy-handed response drew condemnation from rights groups.



9) Warmer world is unhealthier place for children, doctors say

The Associated Press

Children are growing up in a warmer world where they'll face more and different health problems than their parents experienced, an international report by doctors says.

10) Communist Party of Sudan: Govt must take control of Jebel Amer gold mines

Dabanga 

The Communist Party of Sudan has demanded the government take control of the Jebel Amer gold mines in North Darfur. The party asserts that the gold “is currently outside the control of the government’.

11) Sawant Says the Candidates Who Supported Homeless Sweeps "Got Swept"

 Nathalie Graham, The Stranger

Kshama Sawant made her way to the podium inside City Hall, her progress slowed by handshakes and hugs from supporters. Meanwhile, the freshly re-elected council member's staff was organizing people behind the podium. "Remember," one organizer said firmly, energizing the crowd, "Seattle voters decisively said no to Amazon." The crowd cheered. "When we fight, we win!" He shouted and the crowd echoed it back.

12) Opinion: From conception to cremation, Bill 207 could deny wide range of services

Sharon Polsky, The Calgary Herald 

Anyone who lives in a remote rural area knows the frustration and potential danger of being unable to get immediate emergency medical services. Now imagine if the only emergency physician in town refused to help because you don’t attend his church. Bill 207 gives such gatekeeping authority, with the power to affect all Albertans, from conception to cremation.

13) Don Cherry debacle highlights the whiteness of hockey

Ryan Snelgrove and Victoria Kabetu, The Conversation

Despite Canada’s claim that it’s a multicultural country, that’s not the reality of one of the country’s national sports, ice hockey.

14) Why Are Homeless People Allowed To Die In Toronto?

John Clarke

On November 7, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) held a vigil for Kevin Dickman, a homeless man in Toronto, whose body had been pulled from the Don River the previous month. We gathered outside the Peter Street referral centre that homeless people attend to try and access a shelter bed. It has always been billed as a place of last resort, where those who have no other options may go. Theoretically, people in the facility are waiting for a shelter bed but, in practice, the chairs or floor in the waiting room are often all they get. Recently, however, even this last resort has failed and a fifty person limit has been placed on those who can wait for shelter in the centre. Now, people with nowhere else to go are turned away into the night.

15) Spain's ruling socialists strike coalition deal with Podemos

Sam Jones, The Guardian 

Spain’s ruling socialist party has reached a preliminary coalition deal with the anti-austerity Unidas Podemos to try to form a government after the country’s second inconclusive election in seven months.

16) Stephen Miller’s Affinity for White Nationalism Revealed in Leaked Emails

Michael Edison Hayden, SPLC

In the run-up to the 2016 election, White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller promoted white nationalist literature, pushed racist immigration stories and obsessed over the loss of Confederate symbols after Dylann Roof’s murderous rampage, according to leaked emails reviewed by Hatewatch.

17) The GOP attacked Ilhan Omar for calling Stephen Miller a ‘white nationalist.’ She says his leaked emails prove her right.

Allyson Chiu, The Washington Post

Shortly after 4:30 p.m. on April 8, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) fired off the 21-word tweet labeling White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller a “white nationalist,” and within hours, conservative Twitter was aflame.

18) McDonald's bosses ‘won’t keep on getting away’ with paying poverty wages, McStrikers say

Marcus Barnett, The Morning Star

WORKERS told McDonald’s bosses they “won’t keep on getting away” with handing people poverty pay, as the fast food giant was rocked by strike action across London yesterday.

19) I Was the Last Communist Premier of East Germany

Jacobin

The opening of the Berlin Wall on this day in 1989 brought the downfall of the East German regime and the appointment of reformer Hans Modrow as head of government. Thirty years on, he speaks to Jacobin about his experiences on that day and in power, and how German reunification went wrong.

20) Communist parties in State unite against capitalism

Muskan Khator, The Hindu

The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) and the CPI (ML) Red Star on Monday addressed a joint press conference to announce their support for each other and to lash out against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress.

21) Remembering November 11, 1975: Pine Gap, the CIA and the coup to remove Whitlam


Bevan Ramsden, Green Left Weekly

Labor leader Gough Whitlam rode to power in 1972 on a wave of widespread progressive sentiment and mass protests. His election ushered in a new political era in Australia, particularly in terms of foreign policy.

22) Israel violates international law with impunity, says human rights lawyer

CBC Radio

The historic conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is evolving not just on the streets of Gaza, Jerusalem and the West Bank. The author of a new book argues it is also a war of words that is being fought and won by Israel on the international stage.

23) Products from Israeli settlements must be labelled, EU court rules

The Associated Press

The European Union’s top court has ruled that EU countries must identify products made in Israeli settlements on their labels, in a decision welcomed by rights groups but likely to spark anger in Israel.

24) Palestinian death toll climbs to 24 as Israel bombards Gaza for a second day

Middle East Eye 

At least 24 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli air strikes on Gaza, including a father and his two sons, as the military continued its air campaign for a second day Wednesday.

25) The names of Palestinians killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza

Middle East Eye

Israel unleashed an air campaign against Gaza after it assassinated senior Islamic Jihad commander Bahaa Abu al-Atta and his wife on Tuesday morning.

26) Buttigieg supports Israel’s missile attacks on Gaza, but condemns Palestinians when they respond

Michael Arria, Mondoweiss

Israel’s military campaign against Gaza has entered its second day and so far it has left 24 Palestinians dead (including a 7-year-old boy) and at least 70 injured. The current round of violence began on Tuesday after Israeli strikes killed Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander Bahaa Abu el-Atta, his wife, and four others. The attack prompted retaliatory rocket fire from a number of Palestinian groups. Israel continues to attack the region. “They have one choice: to stop these attacks or absorb more and more blows. Their choice,” declared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

27) Killing Islamic Jihad Leader Got Israel Nothing. So Why Do It?

Gideon Levy, Haaretz 

Once again the sacrosanct unity has come. Once again we are one people, without opposition or public debate, a parade of yes men and cheerleaders in the media, bloodshed with no regrets, as always happens in these sickening, “quiet, we’re shooting,” situations.

28) Media use of “targeted killing” whitewashes Israeli attacks

Michael F. Brown, Electronic Intifada 

The “pinpoint” strike or “targeted killing” is back. Mainstream media simply can’t resist such terms even when the wording is clearly misleading.

29) Israel kills 8 members of same family in Gaza 

Middle East Monitor 


Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip have killed eight members of the same family, the Ministry of Health announced today.

Breaking: No One in Israel Knew They Were Committing a Massacre, and They Didn't Care

Gideon Levy, Haaretz

Reporter Yaniv Kubovich revealed the shocking truth on Friday on the Haaretz website : The target had not been re-examined for at least one year prior to the strike, the individual who was supposedly its target never existed and the intelligence was based on rumors. The bomb was dropped anyway. The result: eight bodies in colorful shrouds, some of them horrifically tiny, all in a row; members of a single extended family, the Asoarkas, five of them children — including two infants.


Azad Essa, Middle East Eye

On Wednesday, around 100 students staged a dramatic walkout during an event at the Harvard Law School, where Dani Dayan, Israel’s consul-general in New York City, was scheduled to speak. 


Telesur

November 14 will mark the first anniversary of the death of Camilo Catrillanca, an Indigenous man who was shot to dead by a Military Police (Carabinero) officer in La Araucania. Social movements and progressive parties have called for demonstrations in more than 40 cities.


‘It’s Mutilation’: The Police in Chile Are Blinding Protesters




Chile is still rising up against neoliberalism and government repression.

Despite the billionaire president of Chile giving in to protesters to re-write the constitution, millions of Indigenous, students, workers from all sectors, young and old all went on strike and shut down the entire country to protest against neoliberalism and demand a new constitution decided on by the people.



32) Chile To Vote On New Constitution But State Violence Continues


Telesur

Chile's lawmakers on early Friday agreed to hold a referendum next April on replacing the constitution drafted by Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship (1973-1990), ​​​​​​​bowing to demands of millions who want the country's social and economic model overhauled.​​​​​​​

33) Protesters, Iraqi Police Continue Battle on Baghdad Streets

Telesur


Protests in Iraq's capital Baghdad continued on Monday as both Iraqi forces and protesters tried to dislodge each other from an area leading to the Green Zone.

34) Iraqi troops erect barriers in Baghdad to block protesters after killing six on Saturday

The Morning Star


IRAQI security forces mounted concrete barriers in central Baghdad today as they sought to prevent protesters accessing government buildings.

35) Barricades Become the Norm in Haiti After 9 Weeks of Protests


Telesur

A large tree trunk, branches, boulders and wrought iron piled in the middle of Delmas 75 street, not far from the Canadian Embassy, is one of the barricades that have blocked traffic every day for a month and a half in the Haitian capital.
























Saturday, November 16, 2019

Salvador Allende c. 1971 -- Daily LIFT #50


Comrade Martyr President Salvador Allende Embraces a Small Child, Chile c. 1971

"Placed in a historic transition, I will pay for loyalty to the people with my life. And I say to them that I am certain that the seed which we have planted in the good conscience of thousands and thousands of Chileans will not be shriveled forever.

They have strength and will be able to dominate us, but social processes can be arrested neither by crime nor force. History is ours, and people make history...

...Workers of my country, I have faith in Chile and its destiny. Other men will overcome this dark and bitter moment when treason seeks to prevail. Go forward knowing that, sooner rather than later, the great avenues will open again where free men will walk to build a better society.

Long live Chile! Long live the people! Long live the workers!"


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Soviet Odessa, Ukrainian SSR 1968 -- 12 Panoramic Views

The Potemkin Steps

Published in the USSR 1968 this postcard folder had 12 spectacular, panoramic photos of Odessa, third largest city of the Ukrainian SSR on the Black Sea coast.

During the Great Patriotic War, the Nazi and Romanian occupation and the subsequent fight to liberate the city it -- as was true of so many Soviet cities and towns -- suffered great damage and destruction. The reconstruction of Odessa and other Soviet cities is one of the great success stories of Soviet socialism. Due to its history of resistance Odessa was named a Hero City of the USSR.

This collection, of course, includes a photograph of the Potemkin Stairs that were made into an iconic locale of Russian and Ukrainian revolutionary tradition due to the famous massacre sequence set on them in Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein's cinematic masterpiece Battleship Potemkin. In 1905 Odessa had been the scene of a mutiny by the crew of the Battleship Potemkin and residents of the city that was seen in Soviet times as an important precursor to the revolution in 1917.

There are also interesting photos of a Soviet resort for youth and children, a Black Sea Communist youth beach and a variety of streetscapes and monuments. We have provided all the descriptions from the back of each card.

(Clcik on images to enlarge)



Railway Station


The Colonnade at the Palace of Young Pioneers


City Garden


Whaling Flotilla Sailors House


State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre


Children's Sanatorium and Resort
There was a huge network of the resorts for youth throughout the USSR that were free of charge for members of various youth organizations and that also often hosted youth from other countries. Sadly they were all either abandoned or put to other private uses after the fall of the USSR. The young couple holding hands in the photo is quite cute.


Archaeological Museum


Komsomol (Young Communist League) Beach


Glory Alley Leading to the Monument to the Unknown Sailor


The City Soviet of Working People's Deputies on Primorsky Blvd.


Shevchenko Monument at the Entrance to the Central Park of Culture and Rest



Friday, November 15, 2019

Printers at the May Day Rally, Sofia, Bulgaria 1901 -- Daily LIFT #49


Printers at the May Day Rally, Sofia, Bulgaria 1901

This remarkable photo shows the contingent of print workers at the May Day rally in Sofia, 1901. This was just 3 years after the very first one was held in 1898, which had been banned but the workers marched anyway and engaged in street battles with police.

What is most notable here is that the third person in the front row from the left is Georgi Dimitrov who would later famously defy the Nazis in court, lead the Communist International and become the first Communist leader of Bulgaria after the Second World War.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Angolan Revolutionary Studies Lenin During the Fight Against Portuguese Colonialism - 1970 -- Daily LIFT #48


Angolan Revolutionary Studies Lenin During the Fight Against Portuguese Colonialism - 1970

See also: "An Act of Solidarity in Angola" - Speech by Fidel Castro, 1975

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"An Act of Solidarity in Angola" - Speech by Fidel Castro, 1975


Vintage Leftist Leaflet Project

Leaflet: "An Act of Solidarity in Angola" - Speech by Fidel Castro, 1975

This is the text of a speech given by Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro in 1975 about the support Cuba gave to the people of Angola in their fight against South African invasion and imperialist "rebels" at the time.

In November, 1975 the new leftist and anti-imperialist government of Angola was under threat of military defeat at the hand of these forces. In a move that stunned the world Cuban troops and aid arrived just in time to help defeat this attack. 

This magnificent act of internationalist solidarity led to new blockades and embargoes by the US against Cuba itself.

In this speech in December, 1975 to the Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba Castro reiterates Cuba's unwavering commitment to the anti-imperialist struggle and to the defeat of colonialism globally. He denounces the continued American and western support of racist Apartheid South Africa.

Castro says:
Some of them (the imperialists) wonder why we help Angolans, what interests we have there. They are accustomed to thinking that whenever a country does something it is in pursuit of oil, or copper, or diamonds, or some other natural resource. No!...We are fulfilling an elementary internationalist duty when we help the Angolan people. 
Despite the success in 1975 staving off defeat the struggle against the imperialist forces would continue in Angola until 1988 with Cubans there to support Angola in many ways until the end. There were failures and setbacks along the way, of course, and with the collapse of the USSR and the emboldening of imperialism there have been many setbacks since. But this remarkable victory remains.

Jorge Tamames wrote about this internationalist intervention by Cuba in Jacobin. He concluded of it that:
There should be nothing surprising in the realization that Castro’s interventions in Africa were imperfect. But...Cuba’s role in Angola should be looked upon as an example — perhaps the only one in recent history — of a foreign policy that was proudly interventionist, genuinely committed to emancipation, and in many ways successful. If we are to discuss internationalism in the twenty-first century, we could start from few better places.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

News and Information Wall for the Residents of the Tachai People's Commune, People's Republic of China, 1969 - Daily LIFT #47


News and Information Wall for the Residents of the Tachai People's Commune, People's Republic of China, 1969 - Daily LIFT #47

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Where are Singh and the NDP on the coup in Bolivia?

Update: Singh finally spoke up with a positive statement.

The importance of pressure from the left.

The legitimate President of the Bolivian Senate,  Adriana Salvatierra, who according to the Bolivian constitution should become the nation's, President was attacked today by the police as she attempted to access a chamber to which she was elected.

There are widespread reports of police and military violence against and arrests of supporters of Morales and MAS. The woman who has appointed herself as President is a Christian fanatic who has made outrageously racist comments about Bolivia's Indigenous people. Morales has been forced to leave the country even though he clearly won the highest number of votes in the first round of the presidential elections. You can read the details of this violence, how the coup unfolded and about resistance to the coup at: "It’s called a coup" -- News, Videos, Statements and Developments about Bolivia

This is as obviously a coup as you can possibly get and still Jagmeet Singh and the NDP has officially said nothing.

In fact he tweeted he is meeting Trudeau tomorrow and did not mention the coup that Trudeau is supporting at all. The last statement the party released on its website today criticizes the government for not moving fast enough on the CF-18 fighter jet contract.

Seriously.

This is so staggeringly shameful it beggars belief.

Statements or tweets by a few NDP MPs is not enough. The leader needs to step up and the party needs to take an official position. Is the NDP on the side of the Bolivian people and Bolivian democracy in opposition to a racist right wing coup or is it another imperialist stooge party?

Singh must clarify this now.

See also: Canadian hypocrisy and double standards in South and Central America on full display

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Chavez, Castro, Morales -- Daily LIFT #46


Chavez, Castro, Morales -- Daily LIFT #46

Solidarity with Venezuela, Cuba and Bolivia.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

For the Anti-Imperialist Union of Latin America, Cuban Mural 1975 -- Daily LIFT #45


For the Anti-Imperialist Union of Latin America, Cuban Mural 1975 
-- Daily LIFT #45

Solidarity with Bolivia, Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua and the Latin American Anti-Imperialist Struggle!

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"It’s called a coup" -- News, Videos, Statements and Developments about Bolivia

This post is being regularly updated as news from Bolivia unfolds. 

On November 10 came the alarming news that the democratically elected government of Evo Morales and the Movement for Socialism (MAS) had been overthrown in Bolivia. Despite efforts to portray what happened as a "resignation" when the military demands an elected politician step down, as American politician Ilhan Omar put it "It's called a coup."

Morales and his allies had seen this coming and been warning of it for weeks. It was clear the right wing, imperialist backed opposition was not going to accept any election results that did not deliver them power. With the backing of the United States and its imperialist puppet allies like Canada a smokescreen narrative that the election had "irregularities" was floated to justify a seizure of power as has been done countless times before.

The imperialists are going to attempt to portray this as a victory for "democracy" even though Morales clearly won the most votes in the election, even though he agreed to an OAS audit and even though he then agreed to new elections.

None of this matters. Elections are not what the imperialists want. They just want a compliant regime.

Predictably and shamefully Canada has immediately backed the coup.

For more on this see: Canadian hypocrisy and double standards in South and Central America on full display

As is always the case in situations like this news and developments unfold quickly. Morales appears to be in his stronghold of Chimore and has said "We will come back and we will be millions".

(Update: Morales has left for Mexico where he has been granted asylum. He vows to continue to resist the coup from there.)

(Update: Morales has arrived safely in Mexico)

Here are some statements and news from this very dark moment for the Bolivian people and Bolivian democracy.

It’s called a coup.







It appears that at least some military members have turned against the coup. - November 18

The resistance against the right-wing military coup in Bolivia is growing. Bolivian soldiers of the infantry division have reportedly abandoned their posts and joined Indigenous anti-coup protesters marching to La Paz.



"As indigenous-led protests against the military coup that ousted Evo Morales continued in the streets of Bolivia over the weekend in the face of violent repression by police forces, the government of self-declared Interim President Jeanine Añez on Sunday announced the creation of a "special apparatus" to arrest elected lawmakers from the majority Movement for Socialism party.

The Bolivian newspaper Los Tiempos reported that government minister Arturo Murillo announced plans Sunday to publish a "list" of leftist lawmakers he said are guilty of "subversion." Last week, Murillo vowed to "go hunting" for Morales' former top minister Juan Ramón Quintana, who has been forced into hiding."





"Mainstream commentators continue to assert that Evo Morales oversaw a fraudulent election in Bolivia that led to his resignation. But the “resignation” was a coup — and there’s still no proof the election was even fraudulent."


"The Bolivian people and the whole world know that we guarantee political stability. They said 'Evo dictatorship', now what Bolivia is living in is what we call a dictatorship."


"The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemned the “disproportionate use” of police-military force in the repression that took place Friday in the city of Cochabamba where nine coca growers died and dozens were injured."



"23 people have died since the coup. The most recent victims are four people shot dead in La Paz​​​​​​ and five in Sacaba," La Paz Ombudsman' Office delegate Teresa Zubieta told teleSUR.

"They have killed our brothers as if they were animals," Zubieta said and explained that Añez's regime is generating "a setback of more than 30 years with respect to the protection of people."


"Bolivia has a new US-backed puppet leader, and the Western media can hardly conceal their adulation."


Bolivian security forces killed as many as five protesters on November 15 near the Huayllani bridge in Sacaba, Cochabamba and gravely injured hundreds. The Indigenous and peasant protesters, who hail from six coca-farmer federations, were attempting to march from the small city of Sacaba to the department’s capital, Cochabamba when they were met with a military and police cordon. As the peaceful march attempted to advance, soldiers and police officers fired at the protesters with tear gas canisters and live bullets.


"Bolivians flood the streets of La Paz to resist the right-wing military coup and demand the resignation of the self-declared 'president'."




"Chanting "resign now" to Bolivia's interim, self-declared president Jeanine Añez, protesters across the Latin American country on Friday made their displeasure with the overthrow of the government by right-wing Christian extremists last Sunday known.

Thousands of demonstrators marched through the cities of La Paz and El Alto. Friday's protests follow days of unrest as the Bolivian people rejected Sunday's coup, which forced democratically-elected President Evo Morales to resign and flee the country."

Huge anti-coup demonstrations in La Paz, November 15

Anti-coup demonstrators in Bolivia have adorned the iconic Che statue in El Alto with the Indigenous Wiphala on November 15!





"In the days following the right-wing coup against Evo Morales in Bolivia on 10 November 2019, the indigenous masses have taken to the streets in their hundreds of thousands to defend their democratically elected president and the gains they have won under his Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) government."

International and American labour unions are uniting against the coup in Bolivia.




"Independent journalists who are covering protests in Bolivia were accused of carrying out "sedition" by Communications Minister Roxana Lizarraga, who was paradoxically appointed by a US-backed government that emerged from a coup d'etat against the socialist President Evo Morales."


"...the Bolivian Parliament, by a majority vote, and with a quorum, elected the new head of the lower house, Sergio Choke. Like Morales, Choke is a representative of the indigenous peoples of Bolivia, who make up the majority of the population."

Courageous actions on the part of MAS deputies: Bolivia: Amid Uncertainty, MAS Lawmaker Is New Senate President, November 14

"The Chamber of the Bolivia Senate swore on Thursday the legislator of the Movement to Socialism (MAS), Monica Eva Copa as its new president, in the midst of the coup d'état that the country is currently undergoing."


"“We want to be a democratic tool of inclusion and unity,” said the 52-year-old religious conservative, sitting at a table bearing a huge open Bible and crucifix.

But the transitional cabinet sworn into office on Wednesday night did not include a single indigenous person, in a country where at least 40% of the population belongs to one of 36 indigenous groups."

Bolivians flood the streets of La Paz as trade unions and social movements called for a nationwide strike against the right-wing military coup, November 14



Resistance is growing!

Thousands upon thousands of Bolivian Indigenous anti-coup protesters marching on La Paz to to resist the right-wing military coup and reject the self-appointed president Jeanine Añez, November 14




At least 12 Bolivians have been killed and more than 530 injured by the violence that escalated in Bolivia following the coup against constitutional president Evo Morales, denounced the Ombudsman's Office.


Canada's position is predictably terrible.

On a hopeful note:

"President-elect Alberto Fernandez of the left wing Frente de Todos coalition congratulated Morales on his "electoral triumph." The incoming administration, which has close ties to Cuba and Venezuela, has denounced events in Bolivia as a "coup" and today offered asylum to Morales, saying he was welcome to come to Argentina as of December 11, when the new government takes office.

The offer suggested that Morales could use Argentina as a base to stage an attempted return to power "as soon as possible," raising the possibility of further conflict between left- and right-wing governments in South America."

NDP's Singh comes out with statement in opposition to the coup

After staying silent for four days NDP leader Jagmeet Singh finally spoke up on the issue:






"Even the Argentine Right admitted that there has been a "coup against democracy" in the Andean country.

Both chambers of the Argentine parliament on Wednesday passed resolutions to condemn the coup d'etat against Bolivia's President Evo Morales."


"A United Nations envoy is traveling to Bolivia to mediate among different political forces and achieve a peaceful solution to the crisis that the coup d'etat against President Evo Morales triggered."


"It´s becoming more and more clear the role of social media as yet another political party able to legitimize or remove any Government, especially through social networks. A few days after the consummated coup against Bolivian President Evo Morales, there have been more than 4500 new Twitter accounts created, without almost any followers, with the hashtag #BoliviaNoHayGolpe installed.


"It would be hard to point to a country whose president has more democratic legitimacy than Evo Morales. Nobody can seriously dispute that he won the first round of the presidential election on October 20 by a landslide. He received 47% of the vote in an election with 88% turnout, as most polls predicted. That doubles the percentage of the eligible vote that US presidents generally receive. I’ll say a bit more about that below, but it’s crucial to note that he was elected to his present term (which does not expire until January) with 61% of the vote in an election with roughly the same turnout."

The bourgeois media has always shown which side it is on.




"The legitimate President of the Senate, Adriana Salvatierra, was violently assaulted by the police as she was trying to enter the Senate on Wednesday in order to comply with the constitutional rule that automatically proclaims the head of the upper chamber the Interim President when the President steps down, after Evo Morales was forced to resign on Sunday."

Bolivians take to the streets to fight the racist coup, November 13




Mass resistance in Bolivia, November 13

Thousands upon thousands of Bolivians flood the streets of El Alto to resist the right-wing military coup and demand the return of their elected leader Evo Morales.




"The interview...offers a feminist, anti-colonial perspective on the coup in Bolivia. Conducted by Claudia Korol, an Argentine feminist writer, the Q&A that follows presents the analysis of Bolivian feminist Adriana Guzman, an Indigenous Aymara activist.


"While social movements and supporters of President Evo Morales demonstrate against the consummated coup d’état in Bolivia, Kaliman said that “the military command of the Armed Forces has ordered joint operations with the police” to prevent blood and mourning in the Bolivian family.

In some of these operations carried out by the military and police in demonstrations in favour of Morales, several civilians have been injured and others killed by bullets, especially in the area of El Alto, very close to La Paz."


When a coup is occurring law and "democracy" are irrelevant.

There is no constitutional basis at all for her self-appointment as President which occurred at a session of the Chamber of Deputies at which there was not quorum.


Images of now-deleted tweets by Ms Anez circulated on Twitter yesterday. In one from 2013, she says: “I dream of a Bolivia free of satanic indigenous rites.

“The city is not for the Indians. They should go to the Altiplano [the Andean plateau] and al Chaco [plains].”

Protests and resistance against the coup November 12 in Bolivia:







Resistance to the coup:



Supporters of President Evo Morales are taking to the streets of major cities in the country to express their support for democracy and for the legitimacy of the president's mandate against right-wing violent unrest.

But now Bolivian security forces and racist right-wing mobs are going door-to-door, rounding up and beating Indigenous people and leftists in impoverished neighbourhoods in La Paz as they try to literally smoke Morales supporters out.








The Grayzone's Anya Parampil debunks Bolivian coup myths on Al Jazeera 



Corbyn knows what side he is on!



Evo won. This is a straight up coup.




Just in case anyone still has any misconceptions about the intentions of the Bolivian "democratic protesters".



"Venezuela will always accompany the people of Bolivia, land of heroic resistance of Tupac Katari; favourite daughter of El Libertador Simón Bolívar, created and founded by Marshal of Ayacucho, Antonio José de Sucre; free and independent homeland of Our America." - Statement of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on the coup in Bolivia

"The Party for Socialism and Liberation strongly condemns the military coup in Bolivia, and extends our solidarity to the Bolivian people who are struggling to defend the massive gains won under the leadership of President Evo Morales in the face of this counter-revolution. U.S. imperialism is clearly the sponsor of the coup and we are outraged at this crime against Bolivian sovereignty and democracy." - PSL statement: We condemn military coup; US hands off Bolivia


"Mesa and Camacho, discriminators and conspirators, will go down in history as racists and coup plotters," Morales said in a tweet early Monday morning. 

"That they assume their responsibility to pacify the country and guarantee the political stability and peaceful coexistence of our people. The world and Bolivian patriots repudiate the coup." - Evo Morales Slams Coup Plotters for Keeping up Violence

"Today the right and the coup plotters seized the Wiphala (our indigenous banner and the dual of the Bolivian nation), and with it, they tore down our dignity as indigenous peoples. We will not kneel, we will defend our constitutional symbols.

Over the coming days, the hunting down of our comrades will continue. Our responsibility is to safeguard one another like a family, to rebuild the social fabric, to care for and protect our persecuted leaders. Today is the moment of solidarity, tomorrow will be the time for reorganization and to the step forward in the struggle that will not end with these sad events.

Our slogan is to resist today to fight again tomorrow. Our actions will defend the achievements of the greatest government in the history of Bolivia.

Our country or Death!!!

The MAS makes history, the right is disgrace!!!" - Statement by the Political Committee of the Movimiento Al Socialismo (Movement for Socialism) of Bolivia

Resistance to the coup!:

As the coup leaders attempt to consolidate power in Bolivia, the 1,000,000-strong, indigenous-majority city of El Alto neighboring the capital La Paz shows signs of resistance. Martín Cúneo, a reporter with El Alto news, reports the following:

Neighborhood meeting in El Alto have declared war on the coup in Bolivia. Powerful organizations in El Alto, located 5 kilometers from La Paz, have called people to “form self-defense committees, blockades, and determined and permanent mobilization” against the coup. This organization was central to the downfall of neoliberal president Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada in 2003.


The report from El Alto includes a video of residents blockading streets, chanting, “Rifles, machine-guns, El Alto will not fall!“ - “Rifles, machineguns, El Alto will not fall!” Dual Power in Bolivia?

Mexico Condemns Coup:

"The Mexican government said Monday it recognizes Evo Morales as the "legitimate" president of Bolivia, denouncing that his resignation was due to a "coup" carried out by the army, which it described as a serious setback for the region.

Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard also said the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador would not recognize a military government in the Andean country.

"What happened yesterday (in Bolivia) we consider a coup ... It is a coup because the army requested the resignation of the president and that violates the constitutional order of that country," said Ebrard at the morning press conference of Lopez Obrador.

"The position that Mexico has defined today is to claim, demand respect for constitutional order and democracy in Bolivia," added the foreign minister who will demand an emergency meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS) he accused to remain silent after the "military pronouncement and police operations."" - Mexico Condemns Coup in Bolivia, Slams OAS Over Inaction

Communist Party of Canada Statement:

"The Communist Party of Canada condemns the coup d’etat against Bolivian President Evo Morales and the MAS government, and demands that the attacks on Morales and other MAS leaders, by right-wing gangs must stop.   These include an attack on Evo Morales’ home, the fire-bombing of the homes of other MAS Ministers, and holding their relatives hostage in order to force their resignations. This is terror." Read the full statement: COMMUNISTS CONDEMN COUP D’ÉTAT AGAINST BOLIVIAN PRESIDENT EVO MORALES

Morales supporters take to the streets and face violence:

"Residents of the city of El Alto, in the department of La Paz, took to the streets Monday to protest against the coup d'etat that forced the resignation of Evo Morales, however, they were met with violent police repression, in which officers are reportedly using live ammunition and rubber bullets.

"After the first day of the civic-political-police coup, rebellious police use bullets to cause deaths and injuries in El Alto. My solidarity with those innocent victims, among them a girl, and the heroic alter people, defender of democracy," Morales said from his Twitter account Monday." - Major Police Repression Against Evo Morales' Supports, 1 Dead

Bernie Speaks Out:



AOC steps up!



Solidarity with Lula and Evo!



Did lithium play a role?

"The Sunday military coup in Bolivia has put in place a government which appears likely to reverse a decision by just-resigned President Evo Morales to cancel an agreement with a German company for developing lithium deposits in the Latin American country for batteries like those in electric cars." - Bolivian Coup Comes Less Than a Week After Morales Stopped Multinational Firm's Lithium Deal

"Bolivia’s President Evo Morales was overthrown in a military coup on November 10. He is now in Mexico. Before he left office, Morales had been involved in a long project to bring economic and social democracy to his long-exploited country. It is important to recall that Bolivia has suffered a series of coups, often conducted by the military and the oligarchy on behalf of transnational mining companies. Initially, these were tin firms, but tin is no longer the main target in Bolivia. The main target is its massive deposits of lithium, crucial for the electric car." - After Evo, the Lithium Question Looms Large in Bolivia

CPUSA Statement:

"The Communist Party USA joins other communist, leftist and progressive governments and organizations around the world in denouncing the coup d’etat carried out against the government of President Evo Morales of Bolivia yesterday, Sunday November 10.  Moreover, we point out and denounce the role of U.S. imperialism in encouraging and supporting this barbaric act." - Full statement: Communist Party USA denounces coup and persecutions in Bolivia


Argentina's Fernandez Slams US for Morales' Resignation

"Argentine President-elect Alberto Fernández on Tuesday criticized the U.S. stance on Bolivia’s political upheaval, which saw long-standing leftist leader Evo Morales resign under pressure and seek asylum in Mexico."

Massive Mobilization in Buenos Aires Against Coup in Bolivia (November 12)

"Thousands of demonstrators marched Tuesday along the main avenue in Argentina's capital to reach the Bolivian Embassy in Buenos Aires, condemning the coup that Bolivia is going through and offering full support to the legitimate president Evo Morales."

IndustriALL condemns the coup in Bolivia (November 13)

"Since the presidential elections in October, Bolivia's opposition forces have committed numerous acts of violence: they have looted and set fire to homes, humiliated democratically elected government officials, kidnapped and threatened those individuals’ families, set the house of the president's sister alight and stormed Evo Morales' own home. This was all done to force Evo Morales, his Vice President Álvaro García Linera and many other leaders of the president's party, Movement for Socialism (MAS), to resign. These attacks were fuelled by racism and religious fundamentalism, which is extremely concerning, as that goes against the inclusive spirit of the Plurinational State of Bolivia. President Morales is now in exile in Mexico, where he has been granted political asylum." - Read the full statement