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Bolivia’s Fight to Restore Democracy - Canada’s Role

The Canadian Latin America Alliance and the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute, in cooperation with Canadian Dimension, held an online workshop on how and why Bolivia’s first Indigenous president was overthrown, what is taking place in the country right now, and Canada’s role.

In November 2019, Bolivian president Evo Morales Ayma was forced to flee the country after military leaders called for his resignation. The right-wing opposition claimed that electoral fraud had been committed, citing a report from the Organization of American States (OAS). Canada was one of a number of countries to deny that a coup had taken place, and quickly moved to recognize the ‘caretaker’ government of Jeanine Áñez.

Since then, the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) produced a report demonstrating that the OAS’s claims of electoral fraud were unfounded. Bolivia has since been thrown into disarray under the Áñez regime, which has killed dozens of protesters and engaged in mass repression of activists demanding elections to restore democracy and end the economic turmoil.

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