Evo Morales: "Wherever a US base exists, there are military coups"

Telesur, September 13, 2009 - Bolivian president Evo Morales said this Sunday in Spain that wherever US military bases exists, so do coups. He asked the social movements of Europe and the world to help put an end to foreign military bases in Latin America.

“In Latin America, wherever a US base exists, there are coups… they do not guarantee peace or democracy” assured Morales, which is why he asked the social movements of Europe and the world to support an end to foreign intervention in Latin America.

In front of 5 thousand Bolivians and citizens of other nationalities, the head of state recalled that the constitution of his country “does not allow any foreign military base, less so one belonging to the US.”

The polemical agreement between Washington and Bogota for the installation of 7 military bases, supposedly orientated at fighting narcotrafficking and “terrorism”, has sparked off a wave of protests and concerns in neighbouring countries. Among those, Bolivia, which has stated that this agreement is a threat to the sovereignty of the nations (of South America).

Regarding Europe’s immigration policy, Morales was of the opinion that it was a grave error to declare foreigners who arrive in Europe without having passed through the legalisation process as illegal.

“We want to say to the countries of Europe and the world, especially Europe, to the governments: just as Europeans and Spaniards arrived in Bolivia and our grandparents never said they were illegal, today the Latin Americans that come to Europe cannot be declared illegals” he said.

The Bolivian head of state indicated that “everyone has the right to live in any part of the world, respecting the norms of each country,” and recalled that his government was working with the United Nations (UN) in support of the proposal of universal citizenship.

During his stay in Europe, which will last two days, Morales will meet with King Juan Carlos, and with the president of the Spanish government, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.

It is also expected that he will meet with business owners to sign various bilateral agreements.

This is the third time that the Bolivian head of state has carried out an official visit to Spain, the first was in September 2005, as head of the Movement Towards Socialism (MÁS), three months before his overwhelming victory in the general elections, while in January 2006 he travelled to the country as president-elect.

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