Solidarity urged for extradition campaign
Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly on September 19, Bolivia’s first indigenous president, Evo Morales, said that previous Bolivian governments had “massacred people that struggled for their economic demands, for their natural resources” and that “perpetrators of genocide, corrupt criminals, escape in order to live in the United States”.
Morales was specifically referring to former Bolivian president Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada and two of his ministers — Carlos Sanchez Berzain and Jorge Berindoague — who fled Bolivia after being overthrown in the October 2003 uprising during which 67 people were killed by the police and military.
The uprising resulted from the attempt of the neoliberal government to sell
Morales said: “I ask with a great deal of respect, expel these perpetrators of genocide, criminals, corrupt ones that come to live here [in the US] ... I believe that no country, no head of state can protect, hide delinquents, the perpetrators of genocide.”
A Bolivian delegation arrived in
“To date, the
As part of this campaign an important mobilisation is being held in
Internationally, a number of Bolivian solidarity groups will also be organising events on the day. The Bolivian Solidarity Network, set up by foreigners residing in
Speaking on the
“A government that says it fights against terrorism, for human rights, against corruption, it’s not conceivable that [these people] would still be here. So we ask the people, the government and all the institutions of human rights to help with this.”
From Green Left Weekly,