Bolivian AG orders arrest of ousted president Morales over ‘terrorism’
A photo of the arrest order has been shared on Twitter by Arturo Murillo, the interior minister of the “transitional” government of Jeanine Anez. He had previously promised to jail Morales “for the rest of his life,” calling him a “terrorist.”
Gobierno interino de Bolivia gira orden de aprehensión contra Evo Morales por sedición y terrorismoEl Ministro de Gobierno boliviano, Arturo Murillo, dio a conocer el documento en su cuenta de Twitter.⬇️ https://t.co/0bvXfV9Wgf— Alicia Salgado (@allizesalgado) December 18, 2019
Actually arresting Morales is currently easier said than done for Murillo, as the former Bolivian president has accepted political asylum in Argentina, and has vowed to “keep fighting” the opposition-led coup.
Morales weighed in later on Wednesday with a few tweets of his own, joking that the arrest warrant was the “best gift” he had ever received from the interim government and slamming the order as “unfair, illegal and unconstitutional.”
It does not scare me, as long as I have life I will continue with more force in the political and ideological struggle for a Bolivia free and sovereign.
A 14 años de nuestra revolución, el "mejor regalo" que recibo del gobierno de facto es una orden de aprehensión, injusta, ilegal e inconstitucional. No me asusta, mientras tenga vida seguiré con más fuerza en la lucha política e ideológica por una #Bolivia libre y soberana pic.twitter.com/B6rSHVFeaa— Evo Morales Ayma (@evoespueblo) December 18, 2019
The veteran politician, who ruled over the Latin American nation for about 14 years, resigned in November under pressure from top military officials after weeks of opposition protests. Morales, who was suspected by the opposition of election fraud following the results of October's presidential vote, was eventually forced into exile in Mexico.
A month later, he moved to Argentina, where he also sought political asylum. Upon arriving in Buenos Aires, the prominent left-wing leader vowed to “continue fighting for the poor” and to unite what he called the “great party,” apparently referring to the Movement for Socialism (MAS) he had led, before his exile.Also on rt.com Manufacturing consent: How NY Times spins Bolivian coup against ‘coca-farming strongman’ Morales
MAS has already chosen Morales to run its upcoming election campaign from abroad, with a snap vote promised by the opposition-held government.
The exiled politician still wields significant backing at home; crowds of Morales’ supporters have been regularly hitting the streets following his ousting. The new ‘interim government’ has sought to resolve Bolivia’s dire political crisis by launching a police crackdown against protesters, which saw dozens of people killed in clashes.
Back in October, Morales won the election after a tight race with the major opposition candidate, Carlos Mesa. The left-wing politician barely managed to clear the 10 percent point margin needed to avoid a run-off. Yet, it was not just the local opposition that was swift to accuse him of vote rigging.Also on rt.com US to help ‘legitimate Latin American govts’ to PREVENT protests from ‘morphing into riots’ – Pompeo
The Organization of American States (OAS) – an intergovernmental structure comprised of most countries located in the Americas and headquartered in Washington, DC – interfered in the situation and sided with the opposition. In early December, it issued a “final report” on the matter, accusing the former president of “manipulations.”
Morales hit back by saying that OAS might in fact have had a hand in what he called a “coup” against him, adding that it was all about Bolivia’s lithium reserves, which are among the largest in the world. The ousted president planned to nationalize the extraction of lithium and that, apparently, did not sit well with some “industrialized countries,” he said.
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