The billionaire CEO of Tesla and lithium-exploiting capitalist has admitted his role in the November coup.
The CEO of the U.S.-based Telsa car manufacturer has admitted to involvement in what President Morales has referred to as a “Lithium Coup.”
We will coup whoever we want! Deal with it.” was Elon Musk’s response to an accusation on twitter that the U.S. government organized a coup against President Evo Morales, so that Musk could obtain Bolivia’s lithium.
Foreign plunder of Bolivia’s lithium, in a country with the world’s largest known reserves, is widely believed to be among the main motives behind the November 10, 2019 coup.
Lithium, a critical component of the batteries used in Tesla vehicles, is set to become one of the world’s most important natural resources as manufacturers seek to obtain it for use in batteries for electric cars, computers, and industrial equipment.
The defacto administration of Jeanine Añez has already announced its plan to invite numerous multinationals into the Salar de Uyuni, the vast salt flats in Potosi, which holds the precious soft metal.
Right-wing Vice Presidential candidate and running mate to Añez, Samuel Doria Medina, proposed a Brazilian-Bolivian project which would use lithium from the town of Uyuni.
Meanwhile, letter from the coup regime’s Foreign Minister Karen Longaric to Elon Musk, dated march 31st, says “any corporation that you or your company can provide to our country will be gratefully welcomed.”
Authorities from Chayanta, Norte Potosi say Bolivia's lithium is being ransacked from the indigenous peoples. pic.twitter.com/S1NQJED1C0
— Kawsachun News (@KawsachunNews) May 24, 2020
Social movements have repeatedly warned that lithium and natural resources would be surrendered to foreign capital by coup authorities, in a reversal of plans by Evo Morales’ Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) administration to process the lithium within Bolivia rather than exporting the raw material to the global north.
The project represented a rejection of the neocolonial relationship Latin American countries have often had with the imperialist cores.
Bolivia’s former MAS government oversaw the production of batteries and its first electric car by the Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos (YLB) state company, in partnership with German company ACISA. In the deal, the Bolivian state kept majority control.
With the agreement now scrapped along with countless other state projects, and with elections now thrice delayed by the illegitimate defacto authorities, the people of Uyuni and social movements around the country say they’ll continue to oppose the ongoing privatization and are organizing against the return of looting of Bolivia’s natural resources by ruthless and exploitative foreign capital.
— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) December 26, 2019
Published by La nueva Televisión del Sur C.A. (TVSUR) RIF
A related article from PoliticalForum.com:
The Theft of Bolivia’s Lithium: “We will coup whoever we want! Deal with it.” – Elon Musk
A brief recap. Evo Morales served as Bolivia’s elected President since 2006. During his tenure, he nationalized key industries and used aggressive social spending to reduce extreme poverty by more than half, modernized the country’s infrastructure, and lowered income inequality by 19 percent.
Morales’ populist agenda angered Bolivia’s hard-right elite and business sector, as well as the United States. In October 2019, the Organization of American States (OAS) released a report accusing Morales of election fraud.
The Bolivian army seized on the report and used it as a pretext to force Morales out of office. But it was the OAS report, not Morales’ reelection, that was fraudulent, as several academic studies would later reveal.
Morales’ real crime, like so many before him, was that he redistributed his country’s natural resource wealth to the people.
As the State Department noted in a Congressional Budget Justification for FY 2018, the OAS “promotes U.S. political and economic interests in the Western Hemisphere by countering the influence of anti-U.S. countries.”
So here is Tesla CEO Elon Musk:
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