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Authorities In Bolivia Have Issued An Arrest Warrant For Former Bolivia President Evo Morales

A month ago, former Bolivia president Evo Morales was all smiles as he left for Mexico. The former leader sought refuge in Mexico after officials said he rigged the election. Morales resigned and fled, but things were looking up for him, at least in Mexico, where he was free and not being arrested for fraud. But his issues are far from over. 

Former Bolivia president Evo Morales left Mexico (where he first fled to) and is now in Argentina, but prosecutors back home in Bolivia have issued a warrant for his arrest. And the charges are pretty serious. 

Several news reports say that Interior Minister Arturo Murillo is charging Morales with allegations that “he promoted violent clashes that led to 35 deaths during disturbances before and after he left office.” The charges include sedition and terrorism, according to The Guardian. 

To explain it in terms that fit our world, the situation for Morales is something like this: If for example Trump resigns from his office and he tells his supporters to raise hell (you can imagine what he would say), and he incited violence that resulted in people’s death. He could be at fault for other people’s actions. So, the charges against Morales are quite possible.

Morales apparently says the charges are a setup, and that he has a right to return to Bolivia. 

Morales is seeking to return to Bolivia, but with this warrant, it may be impossible for him to return and get back to his life as usual. According to Democracy Now, in regards to the charges, Morales said, “They need to let me enter Bolivia. I’m not a candidate, I won’t be a candidate in these elections, but I have a right to participate in politics like any politician.”

For a quick refresher, Morales had been the president of Bolivia since 2006 until this year. He’s been accused of dictatorship, and before the last election was called, he stopped voting from being completed. People protested and Morales was eventually ousted and he fled the country. 

Jim Shultz, Founder and Executive Director of the Democracy Center, who’s lived in Bolivia and understands the situation there, wrote, “One was what seemed like Morales’ desire to serve as President for Life. When his political party, MAS, wrote a new constitution in 2009, they lifted the long-standing one-term limit on presidents and paved the way for Evo to run for a second term. In 2014 he broke a long-standing pledge not to seek a third term, claiming that his first term didn’t count because it was served under the old constitution. He won once more.”

The main issue here is not just the division of the people, but the corruption of the government. 

He also has strong allies both in Mexico and now in his new temporary home in Argentina — not to mention his supporters in Bolivia. 

When Morales first left Bolivia after he was ousted from office when officials said he illegally took the presidential office, again, Morales called foul against Bolivia authorities. Back in November, he tweeted, “I denounce to the world and the Bolivian people that a police officer publicly announced that he is instructed to execute an illegal arrest warrant against me; likewise, violent groups assaulted my home. A coup destroys the rule of law.” He added, “After looting and trying to set fire to my house in Villa Victoria, vandalism groups of the Mesa and Camacho coup docked my home in the Magisterio neighborhood of Cochabamba. I am very grateful to my neighbors, who stopped those raids. A coup destroys peace.”

And he’s supporters got angry. They did everything in their power to force authorities to return Morales and reinstate him as president. Some of his supporters demanded his return by arming themselves and blocking roads leaving people on both sides unable to cross. 

“If they don’t comply [with our demands], not a single product will reach the city of La Paz. I’m really sorry but this is the decision,” Martin Cornejo, a local organizer said, according to the Guardian. “The people will not rest until Evo Morales Ayma returns.”

Whether Morales returns or not, the former leader is quite active on Twitter and is keeping everyone abreast of his ongoing in Argentina and his plan of action. 

Even though Morales is another country he is very much intuned with what is going on in Bolivia. The road of communication is wide open. This week he tweeted about what was going on back home, including how his supporters are being treated. “The young Carlos Cornejo, Leonel Jurado, and Andrea Mamani were illegally arrested, accused of sedition for pasting posters for an act of solidarity with Senkata victims. Before they had organized a carnival. Even the most innocent act is sedition for the coup plotters.”

Time will only tell if he returns to Bolivia and turns himself in. Something tells us it won’t be that easy. 

READ: Mexico Grants Bolivia’s Former President Asylum Allowing Him To Flee Growing Unrest

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AOC Is Going To Be Speaking At The Democratic National Convention

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AOC Is Going To Be Speaking At The Democratic National Convention

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The Democratic National Convention is coming up and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been given one of the prime time speaking slots. AOC represents an electorate within the Democratic Party that is desperate for real change and progressive values.

AOC is going to be speaking at the Democratic National Convention and people are pumped.

The Democratic National Convention is happening from August 17 to 20 and the list of speakers is out. AOC, the outspoken congresswoman, is one of the speakers in a prime time spot. The full line up is a wide-ranging swath of politicians including Republican John Kasich.

Speakers will cover both sides of the aisle.

Monday: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (a Republican who ran against Donald Trump in the 2016 GOP primary) and former first lady Michelle Obama

Tuesday: Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, former President Bill Clinton and Jill Biden, the candidate’s spouse.

Wednesday: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former President Barack Obama and the yet-unnamed vice presidential nominee.

Thursday: New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, California Sen. Kamala Harris, the Biden family and the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Sen. Harris was recently announced as the vice-presidential nominee. This would mean that someone else would replace her on Thursday night. Rumors are circulating that it could be either Susan Rice or Stacey Abrams.

The DNC is receiving praise for offering up the slate of speakers.

The DNC is a virtual event this year because of Covid-19. If you want to watch the convention from August 17-20, you can watch it here. You can also check out the full schedule here so you know what you want to see.

READ: Joe Biden Calls Kamala Harris A ‘Fearless Fighter’ After Tapping Her To Be His Running Mate

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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