A "civil coup" has begun in Bolivia, aimed at destabilising the government of President Evo Morales and destroying the peaceful and democratic process of change his government is leading. This attempt to overthrow the elected government comes after a national referendum endorsed Morales as president with 67.4% of votes cast in a fair and free election.
Support Bolivian democracy — End US interference in Latin America
Beginning on September 9, fascist violence has been unleashed in five of Bolivia's nine departments, backed by the anti-Morales authorities in these regions. This has involved violent gangs, armed with clubs, molotov cocktails and hand guns, violently taking over state institutions, attacking indigenous peoples, police, soldiers, representatives of Morales's Movement Towards Socialism and other social movement activists.
In the department of Pando, disturbing news of a cold-blooded massacre of indigenous farmers has emerged, with at least 15 people reported killed, alleged orchestrated by Pando prefect Leopoldo Fernandez .
Significant evidence has been provided of the role of the United States government in collaborating with this conspiracy to destablise Bolivia. Just before the violence broke, US ambassador to Bolivia, Philip Goldberg, publicly stated that the US should intervene on the side of the opposition.
There is also documented evidence that the US government has provided funding to opposition groups implicated in this latest wave of violence, just as documented evidence has revealed US funding of opposition groups that have sought to overthrow the elected government of Venezuela.
This comes along side the refusal of the US to agree to the Bolivian government's request to extradite former president Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada and former justice minister Carlos Sanchez Berzain for their roles in the massacre of more than 60 people in 2003 during protests against planned privatisation of Bolivia's gas industry.
Instead, Berzian was granted asylum in the US in July. It has been alleged that Berzian has helped coordinate the current violence.
In light of all of this, we the undersigned,
* Urge respect for the democratically elected government of President Evo Morales and the will of the Bolivian people.
* Call on the government of the United States to cease immediately its intervention into sovereign nations in Latin America. In particular, stop funding opposition groups inside Latin American nations.
* Call on the US government to extradite Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada and Carlos Sanchez Berzain to face trial for their alleged crimes in Bolivia.
The Support Bolivian democracy — End US interference in Latin America petition to United States government was written by Stuart Munckton and is in the category International Affairs at GoPetition.