The coup in Bolivia resembles other colour revolutions

Summary

For Washington, Bolivia is another point on the map where the military coup ended successfully. In an official statement, Trump already noted two new goals – Venezuela and Nicaragua. The coup in Bolivia resembles other colour revolutions.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory with no evidence given. It is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about alleged US-led regime change operations in Latin America. Examples include the alleged presence of a US marine in the Venezuelan barricades and the promotion of a Ukraine-style 'colour revolution', the training of Venezuelan exiles in Guyana for military operations inside the country, preparations for a military intervention after forcing Brazil to join NATO, deliberate blackouts in South America caused by the US, or the existence of plans for the secession of oil-rich regions in both Venezuela and Mexico.

This claim also falls within the broader pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative attempting to deny the existence of genuine grass-root protests, portraying them instead as illegitimate foreign-led efforts and so-called colour revolutions.

Read the statement by the EU High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini on the situation in Bolivia here. For further disinformation cases on Bolivia, see here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 173
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Bolivia, United States
  • Keywords: election meddling, Manipulated elections/referendum, Colour revolutions, Coup
  • Outlet: 60 minut @ Rossiya 1 (30:08 - 30:28)
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