translated from Spanish: Uruguay warns of «coup d’état» in Bolivia and calls for a cessation of repression

Uruguay’s Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Nova on Wednesday warned Bolivia for a «coup d’état» and called for a cessation of repression. In a statement issued by the Uruguayan Ministry following a meeting of the Common Market Council, the decision-making body of the Southern Common Market (Mercosur), Nin has indicated that former Bolivian President Evo Morales «was forced to resign from office», prompting a » institutional break that represents a break in democratic order.» According to Nin, this order is enshrined in «Article 3 of the Ushuaia Protocol on Democratic Commitment in Mercosur, Bolivia and Chile». It therefore requested the Mercosur Presidency to «activate the mechanisms provided for in that protocol, in order to begin consultations to analyse the measures to be taken, until the democratic order of Bolivia is fully restored.» Mercosur must demand full respect for human rights from the de facto Bolivian authorities, strict control of the use of force and the cessation of indiscriminate repression against civilians,» he said. Morales resigned on November 10 after the Organization of American States (OAS) detected «irregularities» in the electoral process. More than 30 people have been killed by clashes between supporters and detractors of the indigenous leader and with security forces in the context of post-election protests.

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