Bolivia Indefinitely Suspending US DEA Operations

By mouthwater · Nov 2, 2008 · Updated Nov 2, 2008 · ·
  1. mouthwater
    President Evo Morales has announced he is suspending "indefinitely" the operations of the US Drug Enforcement Administration in Bolivia.

    Mr Morales accused the agency of having encouraged anti-government protests in the country in September. He did not say whether its staff would be asked to leave the country, as coca- growers have been pressing him to do.

    Bolivia's first indigenous president once served as the leader of the country's union of coca-growers. Relations between Bolivia and the US have been strained since Evo Morales won presidential elections in January 2006.

    Coca is the raw material used in the production of cocaine and is widely grown in Bolivia. The country is a major producer of cocaine, but millions of Bolivians poorest people also chew coca leaves as part of their daily routine. Many believe the leaf offers health benefits.

    'Defending Bolivia'
    "From today all the activities of the US DEA are suspended indefinitely," the Bolivian leader said in the coca-growing region of Chimore, in the central province of Chapare. "Personnel from the DEA supported activities of the unsuccessful coup d'etat in Bolivia," he added, referring to the unrest in September which left 19 people dead. "We have the obligation to defend the dignity and sovereignty of the Bolivian people."

    US officials have denied any wrongdoing.

    In recent months, a string of tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats and agencies increased tensions between both countries, the BBC's Andres Schipani reports from Bolivia.
    Bolivia's government expelled the US international development agency and the US ambassador to La Paz.

    Washington retaliated by expelling its Bolivian counterpart, while last month President George W Bush himself put the Andean country on an anti-narcotics blacklist that cuts trade preferences. Making his announcement, Mr Morales also declared that his government had eradicated more than 5,000 hectares (12,300 acres) of illegally planted coca.

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  1. Woodman
    Actually, the headline should read:


    Good for Bolivia!

    We really have no fucking business being there, anyway, and I hope more Central & S. American countries will follow Bolivia's example.

    I suspect that US interests get the lion's share of profits from cocaine production as it is.

    Perhaps Bolivia is just the first of many countries to get fed-up with being ripped-off, and determined to take back control over it's own resources.

    It's long overdue for the sneaky bastards in the US get their dirty little hands out of the pockets of our southern neighbors. Let the rogue element of US Intelligence Community turn their interest toward opium production in Afghanistan. There's more money in heroin, anyway.
  2. enquirewithin
    Whatever they are denying, it must be true! Everyone knows that the US is encouraging succession and political unrest in Bolivia. US government agencies would very much like to be rid of Morales, who, like Chavez, is setting a dangerous precedent by actually trying to help the indigenous poor in his country. The corrupt white elites who govern most South American countries are much more amenable to US interests.
  3. Metomni
    Awesome news!!!

    Stuff like this needs to be prevented from happening in the first place, but at least they're kicking them out.
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