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Bolivian ‘hero’ pushed out

Opinion Piece

I was sad when I heard last Monday that indigenous president Evo Morales was no longer president of Bolivia.

Morales became my hero when he called the People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth Conference of April 2012.

Copenhagen had failed to deliver a climate deal in December 2009. In April 2010 15,000 people, most from the poorer countries, gathered in Cochabamba to hear Morales say bluntly: “Either capitalism lives or Mother Earth lives.”

Evo Morales has now been pushed out of office. He claims to be the victim of a “civic coup” organised by right-wing political forces and backed by the armed forces. But he said he was resigning to prevent further bloodshed, fulfilling his “obligation, as indigenous president and president of all Bolivians”.

His resignation now leaves a power vacuum in Bolivia.

I say God help Bolivia.

I am pretty sure his successor will be from the other side of the political spectrum, but let us hope and pray the new guy or gal will not be right wing like Bolivia’s neighbouring Brazilian climate change-denying leader, Jair Bolsonaro.

Whoever get’s the job, capitalism lives. So does Mother Earth for the time being. But for how much longer, I wonder?

Bob Hughes