NO ADVERTISING, GOVERNMENT OR CORPORATE FUNDING

  • Latest News
  • Pitch a Story
  • Work with a Journalist
  • Join the Blog Squad
  • Afghanistan
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Baltimore
  • Canada
  • Egypt
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • Russia
  • Economy
  • Environment
  • Health Care
  • Military
  • Occupy
  • Organize This
  • Reality Asserts Itself
  • US Politics
  • Bolivians Indignant at European Treatment of President Morales


    South American bloc UNASUR holds emergency meeting condemning European and U.S. actions -   October 3, 14
    Members don't see ads. If you are a member, and you're seeing this appeal, click here

    Share to Facebook Share to Twitter


    the name says it all...real news - yusuf
    Log in and tell us why you support TRNN

    Transcript

    Bolivians Indignant at European Treatment of President MoralesDAVID DOUGHERTY, PRODUCER: President Evo Morales has returned to the Plurinational State of Bolivia after being held in Austria for more than 13 hours after his presidential plane was denied passage through the airspace of France, Spain, Portugal, and Italy. Morales was returning from a trip to Russia, where he participated in energy talks with President Vladimir Putin.

    While in Moscow, Morales mentioned that Bolivia would be willing to debate and review an asylum request by NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who is suspected to remain holed up in Moscow's international airport. It is suspected that the Bolivian President's comments raised suspicions in the United States that Snowden could possibly have been aboard the presidential plane when it departed, prompting the U.S. to call upon European allies to deny the President and his staff passage through their airspace, forcing them to land in Vienna. The U.S. has refused to comment on the incident involving President Morales's plane, but has admitted to contacting European countries over potential flights that Edward Snowden could be traveling on.

    EVO MORALES, BOLIVIAN PRESIDENT(SUBTITLED TRANSL.): It's true that this is an open provocation against the continent, not just against the president. North American imperialism uses its agents to frighten us and intimidate us. I just want to say that they are never going to intimidate us and they are never going to scare us because we are a dignified and sovereign people.

    DOUGHERTY: Bolivia has filed a complaint with the United Nations, alleging that the actions constitute the diplomatic kidnapping of a democratically elected head of state, violating a number of international treaties. In the international airport of El Alto, which serves the administrative capital of Bolivia, La Paz, a crowd of supporters gathered to welcome the president as he arrived on Wednesday night.

    PATRICIA CASILDA ALANOCA, CENTRAL OBRERA REGIONAL, EL ALTO (SUBTITLED TRANSL.): We are outraged with these neoliberal countries that have always enslaved us, and now they have humiliated our president, Evo Morales. You can see how the social organizations and the city of El Alto are truly angered. And so, as women, men, and children we are here to receive and give our full support to our president, Evo Morales.

    DOUGHERTY: A number of South American heads of state have condemned the actions of the European countries and the United States. The South American bloc UNASUR held an emergency meeting on Thursday in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba to discuss the issue. Bolivian Congresswoman Segunda Flores echoed calls around the continent that the actions constitute an open act of aggression.

    SEGUNDA FLORES, BOLIVIAN CONGRESS REPRESENTATIVE, SANTA CRUZ (SUBTITLED TRANSL.): We feel this is an act of aggression against the Bolivian people, not just against the president, Evo Morales, but all of the country. We have felt very humiliated and discriminated against.

    DOUGHERTY: Austrian officials have stated that Edward Snowden was not on board President Morales's plane. On Tuesday and Wednesday, protests were reported at several European embassies in La Paz.

    Reporting from La Paz, Bolivia, this is David Dougherty with The Real News Network.

    End

    DISCLAIMER: Please note that transcripts for The Real News Network are typed from a recording of the program. TRNN cannot guarantee their complete accuracy.


    Comments

    Our automatic spam filter blocks comments with multiple links and multiple users using the same IP address. Please make thoughtful comments with minimal links using only one user name. If you think your comment has been mistakenly removed please email us at contact@therealnews.com

    Comments


    Latest Stories


    Washington State Teachers On Strike
    In Freddie Gray's Neighborhood, Residents Say Police Harassment is Constant
    Civil Disobedience Necessary to Protect Victims of Police Brutality, Says Activist
    How a Protest Against Money in Politics was Spun as a Story on Terrorism
    2016 Presidential Candidates Test the Waters in New Hampshire
    Town Hall Recap: Should the Community Control the Police?
    A Look at Failed Police Reform Efforts in the Wake of Freddie Gray's Death
    The True Toll of Policing in Baltimore - The Arrest of a 7-Year-Old
    Why Didn't Bush/Cheney Prevent 9/11? - John Kiriakou on Reality Asserts Itself (5/8)
    Investigative Report Finds World Bank Displaced 3.4 Million People (1/2)
    President Obama Makes Earth Day Proclamation in the Everglades
    Analysts say Wall Street Fees Costing Baltimore Water Bureau Millions
    In Their Own Voices: Protestors Speak Out as Feds Start Probe of Freddie Gray's Death
    Michelle Alexander: Baltimore Must Organize to Stop Police Brutality
    Chevron Back in Court for Worst Case of Oil Pollution on the Planet
    UN Target of 2 Degree Limit for Temperature Rise 'Utterly Inadequate'
    A Walk Through The Neighborhood Where Freddie Gray Lived and Died
    TRNN Town Hall: In Conversation with Michelle Alexander
    The Iraqi Pissing Match - John Kiriakou on RAI (4/8)
    Syriza's Choice: Bail on the People or the Troika
    Searing Testimony in Favor of Black Control of Police
    Immigrants of African Origin Face Systemic Employment Discrimination
    Baltimore Man Dies From Injuries Sustained While In Police Detention
    Seattle Activists Fight Building of New Youth Jail
    Iraqi Prime Minister Seeking More Funding to Fight ISIS
    Five Year Anniversary of BP Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
    My Reports on 1995 Human Rights Abuses in Bahrain Ignored by State Department - John Kiriakou on Reality Asserts Itself (3/8)
    Eduardo Galeano Ruptured the Veins of Imperialism in Latin America
    Yanis Varoufakis, Greek Finance Minister and Economist Joseph Stiglitz on Disruptions in the Eurozone
    Organizations Fight the For-Profit Video Visitation Industry

    RealNewsNetwork.com, Real News Network, Real News, Real News For Real People, IWT are trademarks and service marks of IWT.TV inc. "The Real News" is the flagship show of IWT and Real News Network.

    All original content on this site is copyright of The Real News Network.  Click here for more

    Problems with this site? Please let us know

    Linux VPS Hosting by Star Dot Hosting