In Solidarity with the People of Bolivia 🇧🇴
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For Peace, Alan Minsky for Mike F., Donna, Dr. Bill, Mike H., Dan, Janis, Deb, Kimberly, and Bryan—your PDA national team.
What happened in Bolivia over the past month was an illegal coup. Events followed a pattern all-too-familiar in Latin America: a left-wing leader was forced out by the combined power of the military, the police, and racist right-wing forces with the tacit backing of the U.S. and other foreign interests.
As always, we at Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) stand for one thing: the immediate re-establishment of an honest democratic process so that the people of Bolivia have full self-determination. Thus, we are heartened that the unwavering post-coup demonstrations have forced the illegitimately installed “President” to call for new elections.
However, vigilance remains the order of the day. Will these be fair elections? Will all political parties be allowed to participate? What role will elected-President Evo Morales play?
PDA Advisory Board Member Medea Benjamin has been in Bolivia participating in the popular uprising against the coup. Medea has been bearing witness, providing first-hand accounts of the violence against the indigenous people who have flooded the streets to defend Bolivian democracy. (See the P.S. below to watch an interview with Medea).
Going forward, we will continue to track the daily news from Bolivia, and stand in full solidarity with the people and their call for the re-instatement of democracy.
PDA has always stood for the full democratic rights of all peoples around the world. We, of course, oppose U.S. foreign wars; but we also work against the use of U.S. “soft power” that interferes with democratic practices around the world—such as in Bolivia today. Please support PDA’s efforts for peace and democracy.