on charges of conspiracy
Ricardo Marapi Salas
HAVANA TIMES – Bolivian President Evo Morales announced the expulsion of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) during celebrations for International Workers’ Day, held before Bolivia’s Presidential Palace yesterday, May 1st.
Bolivia’s leader accused USAID of “continuing to plot” and carry out political activities against the Bolivian government, as he said the U.S. Embassy in the country had done before.
“We’ve decided to expel USAID from Bolivia. The United States Embassy will be notified immediately,” Morales announced during his address.
USAID had allegedly intervened in the political affairs of Bolivian peasant unions and social organizations. Morales declared that USAID is “a mechanism that still operates with a mentality of domination, of subjugation.”
USAID had been operating in Bolivia since 1964. The Bolivian president affirmed that USAID was developing a number of programs in the country, but that these “had political, not social, objectives.” He added that it “manipulated” and “used” union leaders through these programs. (PULSAR)