He insists that he is the victim of a “coup d'etat” for being indigenous and “anti-imperialist”
The former Bolivian president Evo Morales has arrived on Tuesday “safe and sound” to Mexico as a political asylum, after resigning in the framework of the political crisis unleashed in the country by the alleged fraud in the presidential elections of October 20. “As long as I have life we continue in politics,” he proclaimed.
Morales has landed in the former presidential hangar of the international airport of Mexico City on a plane of the Mexican Air Force in the company of his former vice president, Álvaro García Linera. There he has been received by the Foreign Minister of the Aztec nation, Marcelo Ebrard, who has greeted him effusively.
“We are very grateful to the president of Mexico because he saved my life,” Morales said in his first words, referring to the decision of the Government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador to grant him political asylum.
Morales has said that, according to a military officer from his escort, on Saturday, a day before he resigned, they had already been offered up to $ 50,000 to be seized and handed over. “That's why I say we are very grateful. Brother Chancellor, thank you for saving my life,” he stressed to Ebrard.
In addition, he has insisted on the idea that he has been the victim of a “coup d'etat”, clarifying that he agreed to resign, after the Armed Forces and the Police suggested it, to avoid “more blood facts, more confrontation” Among Bolivians
Morales has considered that his mistake was to think that he had ended “oppression, discrimination and humiliation.” “If I have a crime, it is to be indigenous. If we have some sin, we have implemented social programs for the humblest … Our sin is that we are anti-imperialist,” he said.
Thus, he has clarified that his intention is to continue in political life, although he has not explained how. “Brothers, I want to tell you that, as long as I have life, we remain in politics. As long as I have life, we continue the struggle,” he announced.
“Not for this coup I will change ideologically, not for this coup I will change having worked for the most humble sectors,” he stressed. What happened, he said, “is one more lesson to learn and strengthen the struggle of the peoples in Bolivia and, who knows, in the world.”