The NYT Supports US Coup Plot Against Bolivian Democracy
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)
The Times is a virtual house organ for powerful US interests and their diabolical agenda.
Hostile to peace, equity and justice, it supports US wars of aggression, color revolutions, and old-fashioned coups to transform sovereign nations into US vassal states.
The self-styled newspaper of record never met a foreign leader free from Washington's repressive boot it didn't want forcefully removed from power.
Bolivia is its latest target. On October 20, President Evo Morales was democratically elected for the fourth time.
US-supported opposition challenger Carlos Mesa cried foul, falsely claiming electoral fraud, citing no evidence proving it because none exists.
Morales' legitimate victory margin exceeded the 10% threshold over Mesa required to avoid a runoff.
Bipartisan US hardliners want him replaced, Bolivia transformed into a US vassal state, along with control gained over the country's valued resources.
They include oil, gas, gold, silver, lead, antimony, tungsten, zinc, tin, tantalum, potash, platinum, palladium, nickel, iron ore, indium, chromium and cadmium.
The anti-Morales plot with CIA dirty hands all over it aims to gain another regional client state, eliminate a critic of US imperialism, and let US corporate predators loot the country's resources.
Make no mistake. A US planned and orchestrated coup attempt is underway to topple Morales — in cahoots with Bolivian fascist elements.
On Sunday, Telesur reported the latest on what's going on, saying Bolivia's Senate and Movement to Socialism Party (MAS) condemned orchestrated violence "carried out by (US-supported) vandal groups in the country."
Morales called for dialogue, peace, and unity among Bolivians. He denounced US-supported thugs involved in setting ablaze homes of governors in Chuquisaca and Oruro, as well as his sister's house.
In El Alto, Morales supporters rallied against US-supported street thugs, perhaps including imported paramilitaries from Colombia and/or elsewhere regionally.
"Bolivian supporters of President Evo Morales are taking to the streets to protect the country's elected government and demand peace," Telesur reported.
Thugs took over Public BoliviaTV and Patria Nueva radio. They're "under siege" by these elements. Morales summoned opposition elements for talks, saying:
"We have already endured much patience so far. Neither the police nor the army can get stained with the Bolivian people's blood," stressing he won't resort to force to restore order," adding:
"In order to preserve the new Bolivia, democracy and life, I summon parties that obtained assembly members...to dialogue and debate to pacify Bolivia. I convene a meeting urgently and immediately."
"I ask patriots, social activists, followers, public servants and those who historically recovered democracy to defend the homeland and the Bolivian people's vote."
Commander-in-chief of Bolivia's armed forces General Williams Kaliman slammed street violence and called for dialogue to restore order to "ensure the preservation of peace and coexistence" nationwide, adding:
"The acts of violence weaken national structures and put both the constitutional order, the stability. and tranquility of the state at risk."
"(W)e will never face the people whom we respect. We will ensure peace and coexistence between brothers and the development of our homeland."
Ignoring the US attempted coup plot against Bolivian democracy, notably Morales' legitimate reelection, the NYT said "protesters (unidentified as US recruited street thugs) took over government offices in anger over last month's disputed election," adding:
"Morales lost a key propaganda tool (sic) after protesters" forcefully took over Public BoliviaTV and Patria Nueva radio, silencing their voice while maintaining control.
The Times falsely claimed "concerns (were) raised (by) electoral observers over the validity of" Morales' reelection.
He approved an independent audit of the results to prove his triumph was legitimate. Letting the US-controlled Organization of American States (OAS) conduct it was a mistake.
Bolivian Foreign Minister Diego Pary said results should be known by Tuesday or Wednesday.
The NYT falsely claimed the audit "revealed irregularities…prevent(ing) certif(ication of) results."
CIA dirty hands control disruptive opposition elements. They rejected Morales' call for dialogue and restoration of order.
Note: On Sunday in response to a dubious OAS claim, saying it's "statistically unlikely" that Morales defeated his main opposition rival by a required 10% margin to avoid a runoff, he reportedly agreed to new elections.
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