WASHINGTON (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 14th November, 2019) Bolivia's post-coup government will likely implement the same neoliberal economic policies that devastated other countries throughout South America as it reverts to its status as a US puppet state, analysts told Sputnik.
On Wednesday, the United States recognized opposition lawmaker Jeanine Anez as interim president of Bolivia just days after the country's military forced President Evo Morales to step down and flee to Mexico.
"When military generals appear on television demanding the resignation of an elected civilian head of state, there is no other word for it but a coup d'etat, regardless of how mainstream Western media attempt to frame the situation," Macleod told Sputnik.
And it is clear from White House statements, Macleod added, that the United States fully supports the ousting of the Bolivian government and anticipates more coups against leftist leaders in the future.
Successive US administrations had worked hard over the past 14 years in their efforts to topple the always popular Morales, the first president of his country ever to come from its indigenous population, Macleod said.
Morales had always given top priority to reducing poverty and combating US influence and the power of multinational corporations, Macleod argued, and in response the United States supported a secessionist movement inside the country.
If the coup is consolidated the new government will thoroughly criminalize the Movement for Socialism (MAS) party that Morales leads, Emersberger warned.
"How much blood will be spilled to do that is an open question," Emersberger said.
Shortly after the election, a preliminary report of the Organization of American States found what they called "grave" so-called irregularities. Emersberger pointed out, however, that the OAS had provided no evidence whatsoever to substantiate its charges.
"The coup was carried out because the OAS electoral monitoring mission impugned the election without evidence that 'irregularities' - which all elections have - were significant enough to alter the result," Emersberger said. "The military seized on that pretext provided by the OAS bureaucracy, which is primarily funded by the US government, to coerce a resignation from Morales."
During his early fourteen years in power, Morales has won acclaim for rolling back poverty and illiteracy in Bolivia and championing the rights of the country's impoverished native indigenous peoples while pursuing environmental goals and opposing global imperialism.
His fall follows unsuccessful efforts by the Trump administration to topple the democratically-elected left wing government of Venezuela and set up an unelected regime led by politician Juan Guaido who had made clear his willingness to impose harsh free market politics on the country.
Those policies associated with economist Milton Friedman, a revered figure among US neoconservatives and libertarians brought hardship and ruin to millions of people in Chile in the 1970s during the murderous dictatorship of President Augusto Pinochet.
"I expect to see an attempt to reverse and destroy the social policies implemented by the Morales administration, and a return to the economic 'shock therapy' being implemented in Chile and Ecuador," Macleod said.
"It is precisely these policies which have led to enormous countrywide protests in those countries, so I doubt it will be plain sailing for them," Macleod concluded.