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Bolivia intercepts US weapons shipment to right-wing separatist region

Bolivia’s police intercepted a weapons shipment sent from the United States to the separatist region of Santa Cruz, the hub of violent far-right groups that led the coup in 2019.

Bolivia’s police intercepted a weapons shipment sent from the United States to the separatist region of Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz is the hub of fascist opposition gangs that led the violent coup in November 2019 that overthrew democratically elected President Evo Morales, of the leftist Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party.

Morales was the first-ever Indigenous president of Bolivia, a country where the majority of the population is of Native heritage.

Internal State Department cables published by WikiLeaks show how the US government has supported far-right separatists in Santa Cruz for years, as journalist Matt Kennard has documented.

A significant number of European fascists fled to the region after losing World War II to the Soviet Union. They then formed paramilitary groups, which regularly use Nazi-style salutes.

The extremist Comité pro Santa Cruz (Pro-Santa Cruz Committee) and its youth wing the Unión Juvenil Cruceñista (Santa Cruz Youth Union) advance an explicitly neo-fascist Christian ideology.

The current governor of Santa Cruz, Luis Fernando Camacho, who was a main leader of the violent 2019 coup, comes from these far-right groups.

In addition to the violence of the putsch, these US-backed far-right separatists in Santa Cruz also routinely attack Indigenous Bolivians and supporters of the leftist MAS party.



  1. Rafe Husain

    2022-02-02 at 00:00

    China builds trains and tracks
    US builds bombs and bombers
    US bombs while China builds
    US whines when China wins
    Peace better than war

  2. Prince Kapone

    2022-02-10 at 20:11

    I think it’s important to acknowledge how under General Banzer, then under Luis Garcia Meza, the infamous Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie was the de facto director of intelligence in Bolivia as part of Operation Condor. The reactionaries in Bolivia today are the literal heirs of the right wing dictatorships during the Condor period.

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