Puerto Rico’s Rubén Berríos Condemns Violence against Evo Morales


Given the recent serious incidents regarding the return of Bolivian president Evo Morales to his country, the president of the Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP) Rubén Berríos Martínez delivered ​​the following statement:

In my capacity as Honorary President of the Socialist International (SI) and Vice President of the Permanent Conference of Political Parties of Latin America [Conferencia Permanente de Partidos Políticos de América Latina (COPPPAL)] I condemn, in the strongest terms, the action of which Bolivia’s president Evo Morales has been a victim. Such action against a head of state is an unusual and abusive outrage, not only against the first indigenous president in the history of Latin America and against the Bolivian people, but also an affront and an insult to all Latin Americans and all men and women of good will in the world.

The governments of France, Italy, Portugal and Spain, shamefully following the orders of the United States, kidnapped the President of Bolivia and put his life at risk. This action constitutes a vile act of imperial piracy that violates international law and shames the men and women who defend democracy in those countries. Spain and Portugal should feel especially ashamed because of their historical ties with Latin America, as well as the government of France, because its president a socialist party member.

Since last night I have been speaking to relevant authorities at both the SI and COPPPAL so that these organisms will communicate by all means and mechanisms worldwide outrage against this serious attack against the President of Bolivia.

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