Statement by the WFTU General Secretary, George Mavrikos, against the coup in Bolivia
The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) condemns the coup against the elected President of Bolivia, Evo Morales.
We denounce, in the eyes of the world working class, the dirty role of the USA and the Organization of American States (OAS) as well as the reactionary forces of Bolivia that have organized the fascist coup.
That coup against the people of Bolivia confirms that imperialism acts ruthlessly. In Bolivia, almost the same methods are implemented again as in Chile, during the coup d’etat of the dictator Pinochet; when Salvador Allende stayed there and fought against the putschists, becoming a heroic symbol.
We express our internationalist solidarity to the working class, the indigenous, peasants and the people of Bolivia that resist against the coup and the puppets of the imperialists.
We say out loud that murders, kidnappings, arsons against those that defend the right of peoples to decide democratically and freely about their present and future must stop now.
We call on the affiliated unions and friends of the WFTU in Bolivia to continue on the front lines of the struggle, informing the people that the coup was perpetrated so that capitalists can plunder the wealth and destroy the civilization of Bolivia.
On behalf of the 97 million of our affiliates in 130 countries on the five continents, we add our voice to that of the Peoples who resist against the imperialists; we believe it is a good opportunity so that those who still have illusions and believe in class collaboration draw their conclusions, if they are able to do it.
The lesson we maintain is that the class struggle continues. It never stops.
WFTU General Secretary