- Interview by
- Denis Rogatyuk
- Bruno Sommer Catalan
Evo Morales’s destiny soon after past November’s armed forces coup in Bolivia follows the exact same dim sample as that of quite a few still left-wing, progressive, and anti-imperialist leaders in the region. Parallels have been drawn with the coup in opposition to Chile’s Salvador Allende in September 1973, the tried armed forces uprising in opposition to Hugo Chávez in Venezuela in April 2002, and the Ecuadorian police’s bid to oust Rafael Correa in September 2010.
With Morales now in exile in Argentina, he has also been compared to that country’s leader Juan Domingo Perón just after the September 1955 takeover by an ultraconservative faction of the army. The armed forces dictatorship implemented a whole ban on the Peronista motion, nevertheless the exiled Perón ongoing to bear massive influence due to the foundation he experienced crafted via the 10 years of radical social transform and independent international plan he pursued below his presidency. Even though his name was banned, the Peronist movement remained energetic, and after its applicant Héctor Cámpora’s March 1973 election victory, Perón was at last allowed to return.
Nowadays, Evo Morales and the Motion for Socialism (MAS) locate themselves in a fairly equivalent predicament. The time period considering that the navy coup in November has been marked by repression, massacres of dozens of trade unionists and indigenous activists, and tries to ban MAS from standing in the presidential election presently slated for October 18. This is combined with an ongoing campaign of media manipulation and bogus news developed to smear fourteen decades of socialist govt.
Inspite of this, MAS continues to be Bolivia’s strongest political drive, with the hottest polls indicating that its Luis Arce Catacora and David Choquehuanca should really acquire the election in the very first round with 44.4 percent of the vote — hence reaching the required 10 % margin about second-location applicant Carlos Mesa, also loser of the Oct 2019 elections. However a totally free and honest contest is observed as progressively not likely, given the continuous interference from the Business of American States (OAS) and its secretary, Luis Almagro.
In advance of the prepared vote, Jacobin’s Denis Rogatyuk and Bruno Sommer sat down with ousted president Morales to go over his report as a trade unionist and as head of state, his encounter of the coup, and what MAS can do if and when it returns to federal government.