What happened in Bolivia

Evo Morales has stepped down as president in Bolivia following the recent election that he won. He claims that what happened is effectively a coup. In this Twitter thread, Kevin Cashman provides a detailed breakdown of what happened. It looks like a situation similar to what happened in Brazil with Lula, where an entrenched and determined opposition, supported by the media and the Trump administration, have ousted a popular leftist leader who had improved conditions considerably for the poor


  1. jrkrideau says

    Looks like Morales overstayed his welcome and left himself open to your normal or common garden US-sponsored coup.

  2. anat says

    From Erik Loomis at ‘Lawyers, Guns & Money’: Evo Morales Resigns

    The first is that Morales’ refusal to abide by the Constitution and his attempt to stay in office makes this pretty self-inflicted. The only way that a revolution can truly be institutionalized is with a peaceful transfer of power. Morales had time to develop a successor. He did not or at least if he did, he didn’t step aside. The next phase of his revolution required him stepping away. He did not. This divided his own movement, as did his unwillingness to fight for the environmentalism that many of his followers wanted. The Amazon fires of a couple of months ago were also in Bolivia and many former followers blamed Morales for continuing to allow the exploitation of the forest. So he simply wasn’t the popular leader he was in 2008. Even then though, everyday Bolivians my wife and I talked to often expressed frustration for his boneheaded moves that seemed to alienate people unnecessarily, even as they supported him.

    Yes, his opposition is racist and right wing, supported by the US, but he played into their hands.

  3. jrkrideau says

    @ 2 anat
    Yes, his opposition is racist and right wing, supported by the US

    I tend to think of it more as “the USA, supported by a racist and right wing local opposition staged a coup”.

    But you are right, he seems to have played into their hands.

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