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SEPTEMBER 19, 2007
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Bolivia Needs Our Solidarity Now

Recent events have revealed a violent destabilisation campaign by right-wing forces in Bolivia that is working to undermine democracy and overthrow the government of President Evo Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president who was elected with nearly 54% of the vote in 2005. See below for

  • Hugo Chavez's strong statement of support and solidarity

  • An online petition initiated by Australia's Venezuela Solidarity Network

  • A link to additional information about this important struggle

Hugo Chavez defends Morales government

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 [2002], 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."

US Hands Off Bolivia! Sign the Online Petition

We, the undersigned, call on the US government to cease interference into Bolivian affairs, to respect Bolivia's sovereignty and the democratic decisions of the Bolivian people.

We call on governments from around the world to follow the example of the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and publicly oppose any US intervention or attempts to remove the elected, legitimate government of Bolivia.

Click Here to Sign the Online Petition

Further information

Bolivia Needs Our Solidarity
by Federico Fuentes
Green Left Weekly, September 14, 2007