Fresh off their denunciations of Russia for recognizing South Ossetia and Abkhazia’s wish to free themselves from being bombed in the middle of the night by their Georgian neighbors for no reason whatsoever, the people at the State Department have apparently given the go-ahead to their man in La Paz, Philip Goldberg, to crack Bolivia wide open.
Goldberg has just been declared Persona Non Grata by the Bolivian government.
Since the BBC and its fellow major media outlets are too mystified by the fascist violence taking place in Bolivia right now to explain its connection to Goldberg’s finally being tossed out of the country, Machetera brings you this report straight from Bolpress. Don’t say she never brings you any breaking news.
Today, President Evo Morales declared the U.S. Ambassador to Bolivia, Philip Goldberg, “persona non grata,” accusing him of financing the civic coup by the extreme right which took place on Tuesday in Santa Cruz.
Morales has repeatedly denounced the U.S. government for advising seditious groups in the eastern part of the country. In recent days he revealed that certain employees of the Embassy were financing the landowners’ demonstrations and road blockages.
Goldberg met in secret with the Prefect Rubén Costas, the leader of the separatists hardline wing, days before the outbreak of violence in the Cruceña capital. The Foreign Ministry called urgently on the diplomat to explain his reasons for the meeting, recommended that he comport himself “more carefully” and reminded him that diplomats may not involve themselves in internal political affairs.
Despite this warning, Goldberg went on to visit with the Prefect of Chuquisaca, Savina Cuellar, linked with the civic business part of the separatist movement, and it’s known that he also met with the opposition prefects of Beni, Pando and Tarija.
Movement toward Socialism (MAS) legislators accused the United States ambassador of financing the civic coup d’etat in the prefects which threatens to break apart Bolivia’s territorial integrity.
Senator Ricardo Díaz said that the takeover and looting of public entities in Santa Cruz at the direction of civic leader Branco Marinkovic and Prefect Costas received direct support from the Embassy of the United States.
The hordes of separatists looted public institutions in the Santa Cruz capital on Tuesday, just a few hours after Marinkovic returned from a trip to the United States. According to the deputy René Martínez, Brankovic returned “with economic resources to finance the demonstrations targeting different capitals in the region.”
Goldberg has a bad reputation and is recognized in Bolivia as a “specialist in the division of countries.” Legislators, authorities from the President’s office, and social leaders said that the separatist ambassador who worked in Kosovo now wishes to break Bolivia in two, through an alliance with a minority of agribusinesses and landowners.
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