An attack on the institution of democracy should concern everyone: Bolivia is just the latest example.

1978 was the year I was born in Bolivia, it was also the year of another coup d’é·tat in Bolivia. For the next four years there would be 10 different governments running the country. As a young boy growing up in Bolivia I sensed that political instability was the norm not the exception.

On November 10, 2019, Bolivia’s president Evo Morales was ousted by a combination of both the political opposition leading national protests calling for his resignation, and the capitulation of police and military forces to the unfolding social unrest. Morales and his supporters claim it was a coup but the opposition claim it was a popular uprising against a dictator.

Whatever you call it and however you look at it, the attacks on the institutions of democracy are crystal clear: Election fraud, manipulation of the courts, military and police intervention in political affairs, corruption in government, political persecution, and disregard for the rule of law.

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