Latin American heads of state and government issued a statement in support of allegations that the country’s government intervened in the internal affairs of Bolivia against the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, and the US Secretary of State. Antony Blink.
Among the signatories of this declaration are the former Latin American presidents Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Fernando Lugo, Dilma Rousseff, Rafael Correa, José Pepe Mujica, Evo Morales, Ernesto Samper, Leonel Fernández, Manuel Zelaya, Salvador Sánchez, Álvaro Colom and Vinicio Cerezo as well other leaders of the region such as Jorge Taina, Ricardo Patiño, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel among others.
A total of twelve former presidents, eight politicians and 22 personalities signed the declaration entitled “Opposition to Interference in Bolivia” to the OAS communiqués issued two weeks ago, which proposed an international commission to investigate corruption cases in Bolivia from the United States Establishing Kingdom Morales’ government to date and the Bolivian judicial system are in question.
These proposals have been classified as “intrusion in the internal affairs” of Bolivia and the signatories felt that they “surpass” the functions of the Secretary-General of the OAS and “ignore the functioning of the inter-American system”.
“We denounce this new maneuver against a democratically elected government and vehemently reject it,” the statement continued after the 2019 election process in Bolivia was described as a “coup with unfortunate consequences”.
They also expressed concern over recent statements by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who said he was “unaware of the institutional democratic recovery and intervening in Bolivian affairs”.
Blinken last week raised concerns about signs of “undemocratic behavior”. “We call on the Bolivian government to show its support for peace, democracy and national reconciliation, including the release of former officials who have been detained pending an independent and transparent investigation,” said Blinken.
The statement by the Latin American heads of state and government was in turn thanked by President of Bolivia, Luis Arce, who stated on his Twitter profile that “the coup in Bolivia in 2019” was “favored” by Almagro.
“In 2019, Bolivia suffered a coup favored by Almagro that left the dead, hundreds of wounded, imprisoned and politically persecuted,” Arce shared with the Bolivian people.
Following the arrest on March 15 of Áñez, charged with sedition, terrorism and conspiracy because of her role in the post-2019 election crisis, the United States, the European Union, the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Bolivia, as well as Bolivian and international organizations publicly expressed serious doubts about the legality of the Bolivian government’s actions in the case.