Tuesday, November 25, 2008

LATIN AMERICA

Raw Story Bolivian leader Evo Morales accused the US government of encouraging drug-trafficking as he explained his decision to banish the US Drug Enforcement Administration. Morales. . . said the staff from the US agency had three months to prepare to leave the country, because "the DEA did not respect the police, or even the (Bolivian) armed forces." "The worst thing is, it did not fight drug trafficking; It encouraged it," the Bolivian leader said, adding that he had "quite a bit of evidence" backing up his charges. Presidential Minister Juan Ramon Quintana presented a series of documents and press clippings at a news conference. . . that had influenced Morales' decision to suspend DEA activities last week.. . . Throughout the 1990s, the DEA in Bolivia "bribed police officers, violated human rights, covered up murders, destroyed bridges and roads," said Quintana. Morales earlier said that after a 1986 operation in Huanchaca National Park, it was determined that the largest cocaine processing plant "was under DEA protection." He also charged that the DEA had investigated political and union leaders opposed to neoliberal economic policies, which he said amounted to political persecution.


1 Comments:

At November 27, 2008 10:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go Evo!

Now if we in the US can just get rid of the DEA...

 

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