[Marxism] Green Party of Canada on Bolivia
knhiebert at shaw.ca
Sun Nov 24 13:15:09 MST 2019
These two statements, a week apart, indicate that there was a strong push back to the first statement.
Green Party Statement on Bolivia
November 11, 2019
The Green Party of Canada has been closely following events in Bolivia related to the October 20, 2019 presidential elections. A post-election audit conducted by the Organisation of American States (OAS) Electoral Observer Mission concluded that those elections were marred by serious irregularities and that the results should be annulled. Evo Morales has announced his resignation as President of Bolivia.
The Green Party of Canada welcomes the call for new elections, which should take place as soon as possible. Those elections must take place under the supervision of a renewed Bolivian electoral authority in order to ensure that they reflect the will of Bolivians, and to strengthen confidence in the Bolivian electoral system.
The pre and post-election period has been marked by violence and there have been reports of targeted attacks against demonstrators. The Green Party calls upon all parties to exercise maximum restraint as the country prepares for fresh elections and to work to de-escalate the situation. “We remind Bolivian authorities of their responsibility to protect the people as they exercise their right to peaceful expression,” said Annamie Paul, International Affairs Critic for the Green Party. “During this transitional period, it is critical that all actors work together to avoid further violent confrontation and make meaningful efforts to engage in peaceful, inclusive dialogue.”
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Green Party calls for return to democracy in Bolivia
November 18, 2019
OTTAWA —The Green Party of Canada is alarmed by the rising levels of violence, detentions and deaths in Bolivia and supports calls for impartial investigations.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights have attributed the most recent deaths to the “disproportionate use of force” by the Bolivian army and police.
"We are very concerned that the new, self-proclaimed government in Bolivia is threatening Indigenous rights, " said Interim Leader Jo Ann Roberts. “It is urgent that free and fair elections take place within the constitutionally required 90-day period, and that the safety and security of MAS party representatives be guaranteed."
After President Evo Morales stepped down, the vice president and the leaders of the upper and lower chambers resigned under threat of violence. The opposition assumed power without the backing of a majority of legislators.
Paul Manly (MP, Nanaimo-Ladysmith) said, “There can be no legitimacy to a political process when more than half of the members of the legislature feel unsafe to show up and participate. We recognize the authority of the Bolivian Constitutional Tribunal but are concerned that their ruling to recognize the Añez government without quorum in the legislature may have been made under duress.”
"There is much at risk,” said Elizabeth May (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands). “Under Evo Morales, huge strides were made in alleviating poverty and protecting human rights and the environment. The Government of Canada must not recognize Jeanine Añez as the interim government leader. Canada must use every diplomatic lever to ensure that authorities in Bolivia do not abuse their power.”
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