Evo Morales links his overthrow to lithium
Brasilia, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) Former Bolivian President Evo Morales (2006-2019) linked Bolivia's lithium extraction efforts to the coup that ended his mandate on November 10th, which made him resign due to military pressure and the country's ruling by a de facto government.
In an interview granted to the Forum magazine on the weekend and broadcasted on Monday by different media, Morales explained that 'the lithium coup was due to the fact that we have the largest lithium reserves in the world, greater than Chile and Argentina, and we had a lithium industrialization project of our own, and the United States has not forgiven this policy of ours.'
He noted that 'we were experimenting with pilot plants to make lithium batteries and other value-added products. This way, we could have had more sovereignty when it came to setting the international price of the product.'
The former President pointed out that 'the blow to the economic model (happened) because we have shown that another Bolivia is possible. During my 13 years in office, Bolivia had the highest growth in Latin America in six years, and it was without the support of financial organizations such as the IMF. Our government demonstrated that another Bolivia is possible, with a social development project.'
Morales reaffirmed that 'the coup was also leveled at the Indian, because it is based on the fascist racist policies of the past, with the clear support of the United States.'
Morales recalled that since his political party, Movement to Socialism (MAS), was elected, there were successive attempts at a coup d'etat, starting with the right wing and up to the country's democracy, all of them with 'America's hands behind them'.
He explained that his resignation from the presidency and subsequent departure from Bolivia (Morales is currently a political refugee in Argentina) was a measure to protect the Bolivian people, since the coup forces of the military police, the Armed Forces and the extreme right, supported by the United States, were threatening with 'spilling blood'.
For Morales, the people who supported the coup have come regret it and there are uncertainties for the next few days, given that given the SARS-CoV-2 virus epidemic, the elections, scheduled for May 3rd, have been called off.
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