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Twitter Reacts to the Right-Wing US-Backed Coup That Just Took Place in Bolivia

By Petr Knava | Social Media | November 11, 2019 |

By Petr Knava | Social Media | November 11, 2019 |


Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

1. A South American nation, previously in thrall to a vicious, right-wing, US puppet administration, elects a left-wing, progressive, (often indigenous) President, who swiftly brings millions out of poverty and begins to restructure society among more egalitarian lines and move it away from centuries of oligarchical, white supremacist, US-aligned control.

2. A right-wing coup, often with the complicity of the country’s army and almost always with the backing of the CIA, ousts the democratically elected President and their administration and takes power by violent means and begins a rapid and bloody restoration of the old colonial status quo.

3. Having spent considerable energy de-legitimising and smearing the now ousted progressive administration during its time in office, ‘left-wing’ and ‘liberal’ Western media outlets continue to act as unofficial press spokespeople of the US empire and refuse to call the coup a coup.

This Monday morning was a depressing one indeed, as news came in that Evo Morales—the left-wing, first indigenous President of Bolivia who has done so much to transform the country in the face of immense reactionary pressure since Latin America’s progressive ‘pink tide’ of the 2000s—had been forced to resign by a violent US-backed coup after right wing protests sought to destabilise the country following the recent Presidential election which returned Morales to power and huge pro-Morales rallies showed tremendous popular support for the President. The mainstream media performed its predictable duty. At least social media—hellhole that it is—provides some sane commentary in times like this.

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Petr is a staff contributor. You can follow him on Twitter.

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