The US overthrew Bolivian president by a military junta when Maidan techniques did not help

Summary

Bolivian events indicate that Western elites have become hysterical because they increasingly lose control in various regions of the world which they considered their backyard for a long time. In the countries where the heads of state cannot be removed from office thanks to pressure and Maidans, they apply military junta scenarios which were characteristic for the mid-XX century. In case these scenarios stop working too, the US will turn to “gunboat diplomacy” with marine unites’ operations on the territories of the countries which do not want to share their fortunes with the US.

During his presidency, Morales developed closer relations with China and Russia at the expense of relationship with the US. Morales did not step down after organised criminal groups took to the streets and started attacking electoral authorities. When it became apparent that a colour revolution was not succeeding, Bolivian police and army stepped in against Morales. Hence, as a classic colour revolution technique failed due to the absence of popular support, the coup organisers resorted to the military coup scenario which was very popular among US security bodies in the 20th century.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory to support the claim of US-inspired anti-Morales coup, which is consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative attempting to deny the existence of genuine grass-roots protests, portraying them as foreign-led efforts and fake colour revolutions.

This is also a part of a recurrent disinformation narrative about US-led regime change operations against left-wing governments in Latin America. You can see other examples of this, such as the alleged presence of a US marine in the Venezuelan barricades and the promotion of a Ukraine-style 'colour revolution'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.

Read the statement by the EU High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini on the situation in Bolivia here.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that US Intelligence co-opted Bolivian security services and that the US waged hybrid wars against Venezuela and Bolivia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 173
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Bolivia, West, US
  • Keywords: Junta, Colour revolutions, Coup, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Stoletie
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Disproof

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