The aftermath of the Bolivian coup

Wyatt Reed writes that Evo Morales’s party the MAS is regrouping in Bolivia after the coup that overthrew Morales while the right wingers who conspired to create the coup are now fighting with each other over who should get the spoils of their plotting.

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.

Within the span of just a week, Camacho and Pumari have gone from theoretical frontrunners to national laughingstocks.

In spite of its forced removal from power, MAS is poised to emerge from the US-backed coup with an unprecedented level of organizational rigor.

After Morales was overthrown, he was granted political asylum in Mexico, where he has been living in Mexico City though he has now been granted refugee status in Argentina. Glenn Greenwald interviewed Morales who gave a measured critique of capitalism and imperialism and how they increase inequality while it is the leftist governments that have focused on social programs that have actually improved the lives of ordinary people.

ON NOVEMBER 10, Evo Morales, who served as president of Bolivia for 13 years and presided over extraordinary economic growth and a reduction of inequality praised even by his critics, announced that he was resigning the presidency under duress, with implicit threats from the Bolivian military. Morales later made clear that he viewed these events as a classic right-wing military coup of the kind that has plagued the continent for decades, explaining that he was removed from his position by force and then ultimately pressured by a police mutiny and military threats to flee his own country.

We discussed who was behind this coup, what its motives are, the role played by both the U.S. and Brazil, the use of violence by the right-wing “interim” government against Indigenous protesters, the criticisms voiced against him for seeking a fourth term despite constitutional term limits, and how his removal by military force in favor of an unelected right-wing coup regime — led by the country’s right, white, Christian minority — reflects broader trends in Latin American politics and global political trends generally.

Morales was incredibly thoughtful, reflective, insightful, and analytical about virtually everything we discussed, not only about Bolivia but also regional and world politics. As someone who presided over a left-wing success story for 13 years in the U.S.’s backyard, he obviously has a unique and sophisticated perspective on a wide range of geopolitical events, and that wisdom shaped the interview. As a result, I regard this as one of the most informative and compelling interviews I’ve done. I hope you’ll watch the full 50-minute video as I believe it’s well worth your time, providing a sophisticated perspective rarely heard in the mainstream press.

In the interview, Morales talked about how Bolivia had made deals with China and Europe for its lithium and other raw materials and that the US did not like that it did not have control

You can watch the full 50-minute interview below.


  1. jrkrideau says

    Has anyone noticed that the quality of US coup d’états has been declining recently?

    I doubt that the planned Mexican one will work.

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