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Canada wrong to support ouster of Morales – Winnipeg Free Press

by ahnationtalk on November 18, 2019213 Views

Hours after a military coup removed Evo Morales as president in Bolivia, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland issued a statement that said “Canada stands with Bolivia and the democratic will of its people.”

Canada’s endorsement is remarkable for many reasons. The first is that it’s not often you see the government of Canada openly endorse the military overthrow of a democracy. (Morales resigned on Nov. 10 shortly before the military “asked” him to leave, but anyone who thinks this was a “choice” doesn’t understand the role a military plays in a country.)

It’s also notable because a coup d’état is rarely driven by the “will of the people.”

It’s especially remarkable — considering the Trudeau government’s interest in Indigenous rights and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples — because Morales is Bolivia’s first Indigenous president of a largely Indigenous country.

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