Re: Canada should condemn the coup d’état in Bolivia
Please consider sending this letter or your own version to the Prime Minister’s Office letting him know you reject the coup in Bolivia and stand for Democracy.
Actual petition to go to PM
Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,
I am writing to express my deep concern with the unconstitutional interruption of the democratic order in Bolivia. No one can ignore that the resignation of Mr. Morales, the Vice-President and government representatives were done under coercion.
Article 161 of the Bolivian constitution states that the Pluri-National Legislative Assembly shall meet to accept or reject the resignation of the President and the Vice President of the State. This has not happened, and is in place precisely to prevent resignations made under duress from receiving validation of law. Yet, in the past few days the Bolivian military and police have prevented legislators of the elected majority governing party from entering the assembly. The session that declared Jeanine Añez the new President was invalid due to the fact it lacked a quorum and was attended only by members of opposition parties.
The atmosphere of violence and racially motivated political reprisals continues in Bolivia today as the same army and police that refused to intervene before Mr. Morales’ resignation, has taken to the streets to repress people and defend the coup regime.
It is essential to highlight that the mandate of Evo Morales and his elected majority are valid until January 2020. An electoral dispute must never be resolved with a military intervention. This is clearly stipulated in the Inter-American Democratic Charter, of which Canada is a signatory.
I am very concerned about the wave of violence from right-wing groups directed at Indigenous peoples, government members and their supporters as a result of the coup.
Given these facts, I respectfully ask that your administration publicly condemn the coup unfolding in Bolivia and to unequivocally reject the legitimacy of self-proclaimed President, Añez’s military-backed coup regime.
I hope that you will give serious consideration to this letter and I, as well, will continue monitoring the situation in Bolivia very closely.