Ocasio-Cortez Joins Chorus of Critics Condemning Coup in Bolivia That Forced Out Socialist President
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday became the second U.S. lawmaker to join the growing chorus of voices across the globe who are condemning the resignation of Bolivia’s socialist President Evo Morales as a “coup.”
As Common Dreams reported earlier Monday, “Morales was forced to resign Sunday under threat from the nation’s military, police forces, and violent right-wing protestors.” The resignation followed Morales’ announcement that he would hold new elections after the U.S.-dominated Organization of American States (OAS) questioned his October victory.
Ocasio-Cortez, a freshman Democrat from New York, tweeted in both Spanish and English Monday afternoon, “What’s happening right now in Bolivia isn’t democracy, it’s a coup.”
The democratic socialist’s comment echoed that of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), a fellow Squad member who had weighed in on Twitter late Sunday.
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Progressives thanked Ocasio-Cortez “for breaking the deafening silence” and encouraged Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)—whom both Omar and Ocasio-Cortez have endorsed for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination—to issue a similar statement on the recent developments in Bolivia.
Within two hours of Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet, Sanders took to Twitter to express his concern “about what appears to be a coup in Bolivia.”
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