*Initiated by the Australia Venezuela Solidarity Network*
Recent events have revealed a violent destabilisation campaign by right-wing forces in Bolivia that is working to undermine democracy and overthrow the government of President Evo Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president who was elected with nearly 54% of the vote in 2005.
US-Venezuelan lawyer Eva Golinger, as reported at http://boliviarising.blogspot.com on September 15, has revealed funding to the tune of US$13.3 million by US government-funded organisations to a number of the groups responsible for the destabilisation.
These are the same US-funded organisations that have helped fund and organise right-wing groups inside Venezuela responsible for attempts to overthrow Venezuela's elected government. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez argued on his TV show Alo Presidente on September 10 that the same method of US intervention that led to the US-backed military coup that briefly overthrew the Venezuelan government in 2002 is now being used in Bolivia.
We believe that the Bolivian people have the right to determine their own government and policies without outside interference.
We, the undersigned, call on the US government to cease interference into Bolivian affairs, to respect Bolivia's sovereignty and the democratic decisions of the Bolivian people.
We call on governments from around the world to follow the example of the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and publicly oppose any US intervention or attempts to remove the elected, legitimate government of Bolivia.
The US hands off Bolivia! Respect Bolivian sovereignty petition to United States government was written by Stuart Munckton and is in the category International Affairs at GoPetition.