Longtime Bolivian President Evo Morales has given his first news conference since being granted refugee status in Argentina last week. During his address, Morales named two possible successors to his party following his ouster in what he and others describe as a military coup. The two possible successors are Morales’s former economy minister Luis Arce Catacora and coca farmer union leader Andrónico Rodríguez. This is Evo Morales speaking to The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald in an exclusive interview published Monday.
Evo Morales: “My family has been threatened. They burned my sister’s house in the city of Oruro. My children, who were threatened, are now in Argentina. They made the leaders of the Movement of Socialism-Political Instrument for the Sovereignty of the Peoples renounce their positions by burning their homes and threatening their families. They pushed out the national leaders — the progressives, the leftists and anti-imperialists. In other words, from racism to fascism, and from fascism to the coup.”