"Elon Musk in July on removal of former Bolivian President Evo Morales. All rights reserved. The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. No evidence is provided to support the claim. Yet it is true that Morales was confronted with emboldened right-wing urban elites who had the support of the police and acquired critical mass in the streets. “[I]t is one of the few big victories democracy has won in recent years.” He expanded on that bold claim in an Atlantic article the same day: Like many populists on both the left and the right, Morales claimed to wield power in the name of the people. In this Nov. 27, 2019, photo, Bolivia’s former President Evo Morales pumps his fist after a press conference at the journalists club in Mexico City. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February 2014 when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government." The US let the genie out of the bottle through its long-running Hybrid War on Venezuela, and although it’s solidifying its newly established control over Bolivia right now, it lost control of the protest dynamics in Peru, Ecuador, and Chile, and its man in Argentina just lost reelection. Deal with it." This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. Read the statement by the EU High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini on the situation in Bolivia here. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our, deny the existence of genuine grass-root protests, Crimea became Russian after its residents voted for reunification with Russia, The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated. The same day of the coup against Evo Morales, thousands of automatised Twitter accounts with none, or just one follower, started promoting the hashtag #BoliviaNoHayGolpe (#BoliviaThereIsNoCoup). The same day of the coup against Evo Morales, thousands of automatised Twitter accounts with none, or just one follower, started promoting the hashtag #BoliviaNoHayGolpe (#BoliviaThereIsNoCoup). Copyright © 2021 Salon.com, LLC. ", Journalist Ken Klippenstein was more succinct, tweeting that he was "calling in a wellness check on elon musk. “Evo Morales’ resignation is not a coup,” Mounk said in a Twitter missive on November 11. Share on Twitter; Share via Email; Supporters of Bolivia’s socialist presidential candidate, Luis Arce, hold flags with an image of Evo Morales. Morales himself claimed at the time that he was pushed out by forces which opposed him because of his Aymara background (he was Bolivia's first president to come from its indigenous community, which comprises nearly half of Bolivia's total population) and because of his attempts to nationalize Bolivia's lithium. It is obvious that Evo was an exceptional leader of a popular party, elected four times in a political culture suspicious of presidential reelection. Recall that then-President Evo Morales won the Bolivian election last year, facing off against far-right forces backed by the American government. In any case, Musk's words were interpreted as an object demonstration of American neo-imperialism — that is, a foreign policy implemented by the United States which holds that the country has the right to meddle in other nations' political affairs to serve its own self-proclaimed interests. SALON ® is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a trademark of Salon.com, LLC. The billionaire class, which Musk is a part of, benefits from this kind of oft-violent intervention by American military and intelligence apparatuses that encourage privatization and resource control of foreign assets for the benefit of US companies and their CEOs. Áñez herself is, in the mold of the American evangelical right, openly a right-wing Christian in her views; she even brought a giant Bible with her as she entered the national palace to assume her position as interim president. Evo Morales Calls for National Reconciliation in Bolivia. 100,248 talking about this. "Today: No comment from Musk as Morales' Movimiento al Socialismo party won Sunday's presidential election in landslide. Why this political battle became a viral moment for media pundits to own the brash billionaire CEO, however, is a longer story. Stay on top of Evo Morales latest developments on the ground with Al Jazeera’s fact-based news, exclusive video footage, photos and updated maps. Jeanine Anez, who succeeded Evo Morales as interim president for a year in 2019, was later removed and arrester for coup attempt. Crimea became a Russian region after a referendum held there in March 2014, where most residents spoke out in favour of reunification with Russia. Bolivia's ex-leader Morales barred from senate run A judge upholds a decision against ex-President Evo Morales, which makes him unable to run for senate. Tens of thousands of jubilant followers have welcomed Evo Morales back to the coca-growing region from which he fled into exile exactly one year … Morales himself is not en route to be Bolivia's new leader — that distinction belongs to his former finance minister, Luis Arce, as Morales is in exile in Argentina. Currently, Luis Arce is serving as 67th President of Bolivia. The elite media consensus that the election was "rigged" was also aided by the propaganda campaign waged by a US Army veteran who created a vast botnet on Twitter that sent out huge numbers of tweets trying to push the narrative that Morales' opponent won fair and square. Bolivia holds world's largest lithium deposits - critical for powering electric cars," journalist Daniel Medina tweeted . On 27 March 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in which it stated that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula. Copies of it flew off the shelves. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force. Reproduction of material from any Salon pages without written permission is strictly prohibited. The Bolivian president that Acre is replacing, Jeanine Áñez, has been accused of racism against Bolivia's indigenous population. In 2013 she tweeted that the Aymara's New Year celebration was "satanic" and, six years later, mocked Morales as a "poor indian" who was "clinging to power." That plan failed. Read the statement from the EU's High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini on the situation in Bolivia here. Conspiracy theory. US controls Latin American countries by organising coups. This narrative also falls within the broader pro-Kremlin disinformation efforts attempting to deny the existence of genuine grass-root protests, portraying them as foreign-led efforts and fake colour revolutions. Tesla CEO Elon Musk became an internet punchline on Monday after the party of Evo Morales, a left-wing Bolivian president whom Musk intimated that America had every right to overthrow, was restored to power by the Bolivian people. The story also falls within the broader pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative attempting to deny the existence of genuine grass-root protests, portraying them as foreign-led efforts and fake colour revolutions. How Bolivia's Evo Morales Could Win A 4th Term As President He's already the country's longest-serving leader — almost 14 years in office. No international body has recognised the so-called referendum, announced on 27 February 2014, and held on 16 March 2014, which was organised by self-proclaimed Crimean leadership lacking democratic legitimacy and installed by armed Russian military personnel following the seizure of public buildings. The redemption at the ballot box of Morales' party, Movement Toward Socialism, was seen as a rebuke of the role of American elites in helping to oust Morales last year. America has done this on a number of occasions throughout its history, from Guatemala and Nicaragua to Chile and Iran. Though Musk himself states that his companies get their lithium from Australia, global lithium prices and access are intimately connected to nationalization (or privatization) policies in countries with vast reserves, like Bolivia. Evo Morales, in full Juan Evo Morales Ayma, (born October 26, 1959, Isallavi, Bolivia), Bolivian labour leader who served as president of Bolivia (2006–19). This week, Morales watched as the Movement Toward Socialism party achieved almost certain victory in elections held on Sunday. Now, Twitter has been dunking on Musk in the aftermath of Arce's victory. ", Political cartoonist Carlos Latuff expressed a similar thought, tweeting that the "people of Bolivia said NO to the military coup, the CIA and the coup-monger asshole @elonmusk! Musk has not publicly commented on the Bolivian political situation at the time of this writing. It is highly unlikely that a covert campaign carried out by a professional intelligence service could be so easily traced to its geographical origin. Musk's business empire is reliant on cheap lithium, a fact which some saw connected to a tweet from the SpaceX CEO, who gloated after Morales' ouster last year: "We will coup whoever we want! Primer Presidente Indígena del Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia. You can see other examples of disinformation cases such as a US hybrid war against Bolivia, the recruitment of its security services or the application in the country of the lessons learnt in Venezuela. It’s difficult to imagine why Brazil would be immune to this trend considering that it’s already so sharply divided and even the slightest spark might set into motion very similar events as elsewhere in the region, which is why Bolsonaro must be anxiously sweating right now praying that he won’t become the most prominent example of the US’ Hybrid War blowback in the hemisphere. Juan Evo Morales Ayma (Spanish pronunciation: [wɑːn ˈeβo moˈɾales ˈaʝ.ma]; born 26 October 1959) is a Bolivian politician and former cocalero activist who served as the 65th President of Bolivia from 2006 to 2019. (Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images), ------------------------------------------, US Army veteran who created a vast botnet, openly a right-wing Christian in her views, initially ran in the 2020 presidential election. ", Comedian Christine Sydelko tweeted that people should not forget Musk's comment, writing that it is "just your friendly reminder that Elon Musk is a giant steaming pile of dog s**t.". Bolivia holds world's largest lithium deposits - critical for powering electric cars," journalist Daniel Medina tweeted. — Evo Morales Ayma (@evoespueblo) November 11, 2020 [Translation: A year ago we left the Chimore airport saying that we would return by the millions. His party … Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. Sanders’s initial statements focused on Morales’s ouster. On November 11, Sanders tweeted: “I am very concerned about what appears to be a coup in Bolivia, where the military, after weeks of political unrest, intervened to remove President Evo Morales.The U.S. must call for an end to violence and support Bolivia’s democratic institutions.” (He repeated these sentiments on November 18.) Congratulations @LuchoXBolivia and @evoespueblo. The death toll has risen to 30 in the post-election violence. This is where Musk enters the story. MEXICO CITY — When Evo Morales came to power in Bolivia in 2006, he jetted around the world, meeting leaders everywhere from South Africa to China, wearing the same striped sweater. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. Deal with it.” In a follow-up tweet, he claimed that Tesla gets its lithium from Australia.