Attack on Bolivia and Venezuela followed the same playbook

first_imgSlightly edited version published in Sputnik World, Dec. 7. Translation by Michael Otto.The different steps followed by the coup d’état in Bolivia can be matched with what the right wing is desperately trying to pull off in Venezuela. Both processes have unfolded according to what appears to be a similar playbook. An analysis of the successive central coup moments reveals this.Jeanine Añez, self-proclaimed president of Bolivia, took on the role that Juan Guaidó was called upon — and failed — to carry out in Venezuela. Añez, just like Guaidó, was a second-string leader of the opposition. Due to a combination of circumstances, she played a central role in fronting the coup d’état that forced President Evo Morales to resign on Nov. 10.That’s not the only correlation between the two coups d’état. Both destabilization processes seem to follow the same scenario to be carried out by actors and repeated discourses — which mirror each other — both in the depths of real power as well as with the nominal representatives of that power.“It’s a method applicable to any of our revolutionary processes. We have studied the methods, the phases of the new generation of warfare. In some cases they achieve half the result, in others the complete result. In Venezuela this has not been possible,” explains Cris González, ambassador of Venezuela to Bolivia. He has returned to Caracas.The parallel actions of the two coup processes begin from the premise supporting the entire coup plot: the false claim of electoral fraud.Gonzalez said: “In Bolivia the [right-wing] media began harping on fraud long before the elections and thus it was reported that there was going to be a fraud on Oct. 20. That very day there was talk of fraud because a large number of people had already accepted the idea that there was going to be a fraudulent election before the first count had been issued.”That was the appeal for support used to call out and legitimize the mobilizations that were launched before the votes were counted. The media had constantly repeated this lie in order to implant that false idea in the consciousness of large segments of Bolivian society.The illusion of fraudThat same method was systematically applied in Venezuela from the earliest years of the revolution. It was behind the façade of a fraud’s existence that the right-wing coup sector refused to participate in the presidential elections of May 20, 2018, in which Nicolás Maduro was reelected president. The objective was to refuse to recognize this electoral victory and declare that Maduro was a dictator, and on that basis to create the framework for the parallel government that was set in motion when Guaidó proclaimed himself interim president last Jan. 23.In Bolivia, it was possible to mobilize a sector of the population by creating the illusion of fraud, which led to the activation of street combat groups. This was particularly visible in the cities of Santa Cruz and Cochabamba during the coup that began on Oct. 20 and forced Morales to resign on Nov. 10.In Cochabamba, for example, recorded testimonies exposed how right-wing gangs rode in groups of tens or even hundreds on motorcycles to persecute and terrorize supporters of the Morales-led political process and all those who were Indigenous.Gonzalez explained, “Never before had we seen homemade bazookas used in a protest and the presence of armed motorcyclists, which was one of the phenomena of the coup that occurred in that area.”In both Cochabamba and Chasquipampa, where the first massacre took place after Nov. 10, local residents denounced the presence of [right-wing] Venezuelans in the front ranks of the shock troops. The type of weapons, mode of deployment and tactics of confrontation were similar to those used in the so-called guarimbas [colloquial for “violent barricades”] in Venezuela in 2014 and 2017.That wasn’t all: As in the attempt to overthrow Maduro in 2017, right-wing gangs persecuted political and social leaders who were part of the process of change [in Bolivia, “process of change” means the movement supporting Morales] and launched attacks on any local progressive media. Attacks on Morales’s supporters The houses of Morales’ supporters were defaced with graffiti and burned, and the people themselves were beaten, as was Patricia Arce, the courageous Indigenous woman mayor of Vinto. Bolivia TV and Radio Patria Nueva, the radio station of the Unified Trade Union Confederation of Peasant Workers of Bolivia, where the director was tied to a tree, were similarly attacked. The Bolivian right, like the Venezuelan right, denied all their violence. That big lie was sustained by the national and international media, which had, among other tasks, to make the violence invisible.Evo Morales was forced to resign along with Vice President Álvaro García Linera. In contrast, Guaidó’s call to “End the usurpation!” is something he never managed to carry out since he first proclaimed it at the beginning of this year. From the moment [Morales left], the second step — the “transitional government” — was implemented in Bolivia. The Venezuelan coup strategy included announcing this goal over and over again.This so-called “transitional government” [manufactured] two central [facts on the ground]. First of all, Añez proclaimed herself president and appointed a de facto government, recognized by the United States, the Organization of American States, right-wing governments in Latin America and even by the European Union. That legitimization in turn implied the denial that a coup d’état took place.A wave of terrorOne of the major tasks carried out by the de facto government was to unleash a massive wave of terror by the Bolivian Armed Forces and the Bolivian National Police, resulting in three massacres and 35 acknowledged deaths.In addition, the de facto government publicly threatened National Assembly members from the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS), journalists, political leaders and former officials. Human rights organizations and social movements that came from Argentina to record the situation in the country were threatened and physically attacked at the airport.The “transitional government” meant that there would be restoration of the old order, an operation carried out with impunity due to the breakdown of the rule of law, with persecution of the opponents, that is, the MAS leaders of social movements and politicians. These are the conditions that the coup d’état requires for the third step: “free elections.”Añez asserted from the beginning, as did Guaidó, that she would call for elections and that her role is provisional. As could be anticipated, one of the central facts is that Evo Morales and Álvaro García Linera will not be allowed to participate in the upcoming elections. As for MAS, they may participate for the time being.The OAS, as expected, will validate the elections as part of its legitimization of the coup d’état. Gonzalez paused, emphasizing the role played by the OAS as Washington’s main instrument of action in carrying out U.S. foreign policy. The OAS played this role in Bolivia as well as in Venezuela, where the right-wing governments of the OAS and, in particular, its secretary general, Luis Almagro, have seated Guaidó’s representative to speak for Venezuela at the table.The coup in Bolivia is a mirror for Venezuela: It anticipates what would happen if the strategy that projects Guaidó onto the world stage were to triumph. That strategy is now facing its worst crisis since his self-proclamation.González said that the coup strategy has not ended: “Here there is a judgment about who is the real enemy of the people: It’s the USA.” This means we can expect new actions will be taken against the government, the political process and the country, which will translate into a tightening of the economic blockade, as well as possible attacks that have not been seen before.“What else remains?” asked Gonzalez. “Weapons of mass destruction that have left a trail of pain, blood and death in the Middle East. The continent must be prepared to reject this. We cannot allow our continent to become a war zone!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


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first_imgThe total search area for the three missing crew of dredger JBB De Rond 19 was expanded on September 13, according to Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).The total surface search area was expanded to 250 km2 from 130km2, while the aerial search area was expanded to 2701km2 from 770km2.Five crew members went missing following a collision between the dredger and a 30,747 dwt tanker Kartika Segara in Singapore territorial waters on September 13. Divers managed to recover two bodies belonging to the dredger’s crew members later the same day.A total of 12 crew, consisting of 11 Chinese nationals and one Malaysian, were onboard the dredger at the time of the incident. Seven were rescued and transferred to the Singapore General Hospital for medical treatment. Of the two crew members who were warded in hospital, one has since been discharged and one remains under observation.The incident happened despite collision warnings issued by MPA Singapore while the dredger was transiting the westbound lane and the tanker was departing Singapore and joining the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait.The MPA continues to lead the SAR efforts with support from relevant Singapore agencies. Supported by assets from the Singapore agencies, the operations include five aircraft from Republic of Singapore Air Force, 21 vessels from MPA, the Republic of Singapore Navy, Singapore Police Coast Guard and Singapore Civil Defence Force; and eight vessels from PSA Marine and POSH SEMCO.To date, about 280 personnel have been involved in the SAR operations. The Indonesian Rescue Coordination Centre is working with Singapore authorities to assist the SAR operations with 10 vessels in Indonesian territorial waters.The Indonesian-registered Kartika Segara reported damage to its starboard bow. The vessel is stable and anchored at the Eastern Anchorage, MPA earlier said, adding that the ship’s 26 Indonesian crew did not sustain any injuries.last_img read more