“How to Prepare a Coup d’état”; the Latest Recipe of the Peruvian Right-wing Parties

Marcos Maranges

RESUMEN | October 26, 2021

This last week was one of the tensest since Pedro Castillo became Peru’s president last May. The Congress, with a right-wing member’s majority, is eager to disarm the executive branch, so they can technically annul Castillo’s electoral triumph over the extreme right candidate Keiko Fujimori.

For those who do not follow the South American country’s internal policies, this may seem like a last-minute move from the right sectors, but it is not. The coup was immediately set into motion once Castillo won the presidential runoff early this year.

The first step was to cast doubts over his electoral victory, and clearly and strongly divide the country over this issue. To do so, Keiko Fujimori spread accusations of systematic fraud in the polling stations where Castillo won, and fill the media with this argument to poison the public opinion against the leftist candidate. At the same time, she filed appeals to throw out 200,000 votes, mainly in impoverished rural areas, before the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE) to delay as much as possible Castillo’s legal victory. However, they could not succeed, which must not be interpreted as they did not cause damage to the reputation of the recently elected president in the process.

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Plotters of the coup d’état in Bolivia tried to assassinate Evo Morales, reveals AMLO

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador revealed that a section of the Bolivian armed forces may have launched an RPG rocket at the plane that was transporting former President Evo Morales to Mexico after the coup d’état in Bolivia in November 2019

Peoples Dispatch | September 03, 2021

Former Bolivian President Evo Morales arrived in Mexico from Bolivia on November 12, 2019, two days after the civic-military coup that forced him to step down. Photo: Kawsachun News

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has revealed that former Bolivian President Evo Morales would have been assassinated by the right-wing opposition forces with the support of the Bolivian armed forces if a pilot from the Mexican Air Force (FAM) hadn’t saved his life by dodging an RPG rocket launched at the plane that was transporting him to Mexico. The assassination attempt was revealed in his book A la Mitad del Camino (Halfway through the Road), which was released on August 31,

AMLO’s book gives a detailed account of Operation Bolivia, through which Morales was rescued after the coup d’état in November 2019. A document of the National Defense Secretariat of Mexico, published in the book, shares the testimony of a FAM official and pilot, Miguel Hernández, who expressed his suspicions that a section of the Bolivian armed forces targeted the aircraft with an RPG rocket, moments after it took off from the Chimoré airport in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

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PEOPLE’S STRUGGLE IN BOLIVIA

Bolivia: Arce Repudiates Right-Wing Requests for a New Coup

teleSUR | October 28, 2020

Elected President Luis Arce, La Paz, Bolivia, October 27, 2020.

Elected President Luis Arce, La Paz, Bolivia, October 27, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/ @ConElMazoDando

A group of people headed to the Eighth Division of the Army and requested the Armed Forces to take command in Bolivia.

Bolivia’s President-elect Luis Arce and former President Evo Morales Tuesday repudiated minority groups which do not accept the result of the elections and demand the intervention of a Military Junta to rule the country.

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United Tesla Company: Widespread Condemnation of Elon Musk’s Bolivia Coup Comments

Telsa CEO Elon Musk is once again under fire, this time for tweeting “We will coup whoever we want! Deal with it.” in reference to the 2019 US-backed coup in Bolivia.

MintPress News | July 27, 2020

Elon Musk Bolivia Feature photo

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‘No Time Extension to Coup-Born Regime’ Bolivian Workers Warn

teleSUR | January 16, 2020

Members of the Confederation of Rural and Indigenous Women Bartolina Sisa during a press conference, Bolivia, January, 2020.
Members of the Confederation of Rural and Indigenous Women Bartolina Sisa during a press conference, Bolivia, January, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/ @LosAndesBolivia

Women, workers, Indigenous peoples, and transporters vowed to defend democracy.

Bolivia’s social organizations Thursday reject the Constitutional Court’s decision to extend the period of the self-proclaimed President Jeanine Añez until the installation of a new government which is expected to emerge from the May 3 elections​​​​​​.

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‘Fascists, Racists Plotted the Lithium Coup in Bolivia’ Morales

teleSUR | December 17, 2019

Former Bolivian President Evo Morales speaks during a news conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dec. 17, 2019.

The Bolivian Socialist leader Evo Morales said that his “sin” was to nationalize natural resources and distribute wealth.

During his first press conference after his arrival in Argentina, Bolivia’s deposed president Evo Morales Tuesday analyzed the circumstances surrounding the coup d’etat against him and recalled some achievements of his presidency, which took place from January 22, 2006, until November 10, 2019.

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The coup in Bolivia has U.S. fingerprints all over it

by W. T. WHITNEY JR.

People’s World | November 22, 2019

The coup in Bolivia has U.S. fingerprints all over it
Relatives mourn during the funeral of people killed by security forces at the San Francisco de Asis church in El Alto, outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Police and soldiers on Tuesday escorted gasoline tankers from a major fuel plant that had been blockaded for five days opponents of the military coup that overthrew President Evo Morales. At least three people were reported killed by security forces. | Natacha Pisarenko / AP

The socialist government of Bolivian President Evo Morales took power in February 2006. He and Vice President Álvaro García Linare on Oct. 20 had been elected to their fourth terms in office. A coup culminating on Nov. 10 removed them—a coup that the U.S. government had a big role in bringing about.

A motive existed. The Morales government was vulnerable. And resources—read agents—were in place.

Bolivia’s socialist government had achieved successes and so represented the threat of a good example. Over many years, that’s been a motivating factor for other U.S. interventions. More immediately, Bolivia was bucking colonial or imperialist requirements that a dependent nation may not hold back on the delivery of wealth taken from nature. At issue this time was lithium, not the silver, tin, oil, or natural gas Bolivia has previously exported.

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Military and police crackdown on gas plant blockade in Bolivia, 2 dead

 | November 20, 2019

With armored vehicles and helicopters, Bolivian military forces and police used tear gas to crack down on protesters blocking access to a major gas plant, operated by state-run YPFB, in El Alto city on Tuesday.

Helicopters flew above roads around the Senkata gas plant while heavily armed police dispersed protesters with tear gas and bullets.Read More »