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Chavez Warns that Bolivia is Being Destabilized
by U.S. - Just as Venezuela
Kiraz Janicke, 10 September 2007
Caracas, September 10, 2007 (venezuelanalysis.com) –
Flanked by Bolivian President Evo Morales, Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez warned of a plan financed by the United States to derail the
democratically elected government of Bolivia, including a plan to
assassinate Morales, said Chavez during his weekly television
program Aló Presidente.
“I hold responsible the president of the United States, George Bush,
for what could happen to compañero Morales, because they are
conspiring against the government, including to kill him,” he said.
However, Chavez warned, “If U.S. imperialism attacks our peoples,
using their lackeys in Venezuela and Bolivia, they can be sure that
we’re not going to wait with our arms crossed.”
“If that occurs,” he continued, referring to the famous phrase of
revolutionary leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara, who called for Vietnam
style guerilla war against U.S. imperialism, “we will shout with Che
Guevara and then one, two, three, four, five, or 10 Vietnams will
have to be created in Latin America."
“Imperialism has a plan to knock off this Indian. I put to them we
have a plan also, but of course we are not going to say. Right, Evo?
What is going to happen to the Bolivian oligarchy is what happened
to the Venezuelan oligarchy the 12 and 13th of April , when
the Venezuelan people came out to confront the tyranny, the
imperialist coup. It’s best that we don’t tell more of the plan.”
Chavez’s comments came as up to 100,000 people from Bolivia’s
campesino and indigenous movements began converging on Sucre for a
Social Summit in defense of the Constituent Assembly. Over the past
week Sucre has been wracked with violent protests aimed at
disrupting the process of constitutional reform, which would provide
a framework for the social inclusion of Bolivia’s long marginalized
indigenous majority. Right wing opposition groups demanding that the
executive and legislative powers of government be transferred from
La Paz to Sucre have burned car tires and repeatedly attempted to
shut down the Constituent Assembly, which as a result has called a
“The oligarchy that today is conspiring against Evo in Bolivia is
the same oligarchy that conspired here against Venezuela, against
our people, it is the same that here made a coup, driven forward and
financed by the government of the United States, the same is
occurring in Bolivia,” he added
While U.S. officials have repeatedly denied Chavez’s claims that
Washington is attempting to overthrow him and other leftist
governments in the region, Chavez said that Morales possessed
documentary evidence of U.S. interference and intentions to
destabilize his government.
Chavez’s claims are supported by the investigation of
U.S.-Venezuelan human rights lawyer Eva Golinger, who last week
published a report that documents U.S. government funding of
opposition groups in both Venezuela and Bolivia.
Golinger reveals that the USAID Office of Transition Initiatives
(OTI), opened in Bolivia in 2004 has contracted the U.S. Company
Casals & Associates Inc. (C&A) to manage US$13.3 million granted to
379 organizations, political parties, and projects in Bolivia.
USAID-OTI and C&A in Bolivia have focused their efforts on combating
and influencing the Constituent Assembly, and on “promoting
separatism in the regions rich in natural resources, such as Santa
Cruz and Cochabamba,” Golinger argues.
“The majority of the 13.3 million has been given to organizations
and programs working to ‘strengthen regional governments’ with the
intention of weakening the national government of Evo Morales,” she
Chavez insisted, however, that Venezuela and Bolivia want peace to
increase production of food and to carry out health, education,
literacy, and social justice programs and pointed out that Bolivia
would soon be the third country in Latin America to eradicate
illiteracy after Cuba in 1961 and Venezuela in 2005.
Morales thanked Chavez for being invited to his program and said
that while he r ecognized that his government was confronted by
problems from various opposition groups against the Constituent
Assembly and the process of constitutional reform, the majority of
Bolivians are supporting the process of change for more social
Morales also spoke of the need to change the economic model in
Bolivia and Latin America more broadly, “The mineral wealth of Latin
American countries had been looted by industrialized nations and
nothing had been done to drive forward their development. The
governments of Latin America are obliged to take advantage of their
natural resources to promote the development of their peoples.”
During the program Chavez and Morales signed a number of agreements
for joint development projects between their respective countries,
as well as inaugurating the first phase of the Siderúrgica
Ferrominera iron and steel plant in the Cuidad Piar in Venezuela’s
Orinoco oil belt.
The agreements, which form part of ALBA (the Bolivarian Alternative
for the Americas), initiated by Venezuela in opposition to the U.S.
promoted Free Trade Agreement of the Americas, include plans to form
joint-ventures in mining, cement and forestry projects, build a
petrochemical plant in Cochabamba, as well as a bi-national company
to exploit the Mutun iron deposit in Bolivia's Santa Cruz
department, which, according to a statement today from Venezuela's
information ministry, has 42 billion metric tons of reserves.
During the broadcast Chavez also spoke of his offer to mediate peace
negotiations in neighboring Columbia between the government and the
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC), saying he would
travel to territory controlled by the FARC, if necessary, "I'm
willing to go into the deepest part of the largest jungle to talk
"I have faith that we will succeed. Nobody said it would be easy,”