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Newsline: Armed protesters force their way into Venezuela’s Embassy in Bolivia, diplomats flee

A group of masked men reportedly broke into Venezuela’s Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, forcing its staff to run for their lives. Venezuela’s ambassador in Bolivia claimed the attackers wanted to butcher those inside. “We are fine, but the embassy was taken. They want to massacre us,” Venezuela’s ambassador to Bolivia, Crisbeylee González, said in an audio message obtained by RT Spanish. “Please, I need you to report,” she added. (https://www.rt.com/news/473107-bolivia-embassy-venezuela-attack/0 The diplomat said the thugs who forced their way into the diplomatic compound were wearing hoodies and were armed with dynamite and shields, as cited by Agencia Boliviana de Información (ABI), Bolivia’s state news agency. The reported attack took place shortly after former Bolivian President Evo Morales announced his resignation on Sunday. The socialist leader said he decided to step down so the protesters would stop the violent attacks on his allies among government officials and indigenous population, his core supporters.

Newsline: Bolivia set to open embassy in Turkey

Bolivia plans to open an embassy in Turkey to cement bilateral relations, Turkish presidential sources said late Jan. 9. The agreement on opening the embassy was reached at a meeting between Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay and Bolivian President Juan Evo Morales Ayma in the Venezuelan capital Caracas. During the meeting, they acknowledged that significant progress had been made in their countries’ relations after Turkey opened an embassy in Bolivia last year. The two countries agreed that the Bolivian embassy should be opened in the first half of this year.


Newsline: Palestine to Open Embassy in Bolivia

Palestine will open an embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, according to the president of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas. “We will never forget the decisions made by Morales during the Israeli aggression against the Palestine people. We are honored and pleased with the close relationship we maintain with Bolivia,” said Abbas, after meeting with Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, in New York City. “We want to develop that relationship and I believe we are going to be speaking about a new Palestinian embassy in La Paz very soon,” added Abbas. Morales was one of the several heads of state that denounced the recent Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip, in which more than 2,000 Palestinians were killed -mostly civilians- and called it a “genocide.” As part of the measures taken against the Israeli government, Bolivia declared Israel “a terrorist state” and now requests visas from all Israelis who try to enter Bolivia. In 2009, Bolivia broke its diplomatic relations with Israel due to Operation Cast Lead against Gaza Strip, in which more than 1,000 Palestinians were killed.


Newsline: Bolivian Senator leaves Brazilian Embassy

Bolivian Senator Roger Pinto, who had taken refuge in the Brazilian Embassy in La Paz, left the country in an official Brazilian vehicle escorted by soldiers, Brazilian Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Ricardo Ferraço said on Sunday. Ferraço denied that – as La Paz claims – Pinto is a fugitive from Bolivian justice, although he is accused of various crimes of corruption, for which he was sentenced last June to a year in prison. “He was taken in by Brazil as a (person who was being) politically persecuted,” Ferraço – of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, said. Pinto had taken refuge in the Brazilian Embassy on May 28, 2012 and 10 days later the Rousseff administration granted him the status of political asylum. “He was persecuted in Bolivia for denouncing drug trafficking,” Ferraço said. Upon his arrival in Brasilia, Pinto made no political statement, but he thanked Brazil and its “authorities” for their “efforts” in allowing him to leave Bolivia.


Newsline: Bolivian Ambassadors to Europe Return to Posts in August

Bolivian ambassadors to Spain, France and Italy will return to their posts next August 2. The ambassadors to Spain, Carmen Almendares; Italy, Antolin Ayaviri; and France Jean Paul Guevara, returned to La Paz after the mentioned countries banned the overflight and operations of Evo Morales aircraft on July 2, when he was returning from Moscow, Russia, where he attended the Forum of Gas Exporting Countries. The presidential aircraft had to make an emergency landing in Vienna, Austria, where it remained 15 hours before receiving permission to return flight to Bolivia. During that time, the Spanich ambassador to Austria, Alberto Carnero, insisted more than once in checking the presidential plane to be sure that there was not aboard the U.S. former agent Edward Snowden, wanted by Washington and exiled in Moscow.


Newsline: Bolivia pulls ambassadors from Spain, Italy, France

The Bolivian government ” temporarily” recalled its ambassadors to Spain, France and Italy to protest those countries’ refusal earlier this month to allow Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plane to enter their airspace, a top official said. “Recalling the ambassadors is a decision that was taken within the framework of the summit of the Southern Common Market ( Mercosur), the bloc that decided to call all its ambassadors to those nations, to protest what happened to President Morales,” Bolivian Communications Minister Amanda Davila told reporters. Mercosur nations, including Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela and Uruguay, gathered after Morales’ plane was denied access to those countries’ airspace on July 2 to condemn the European nations for violating international laws on presidential immunity. The minister however said the move did not mean Bolivia was breaking off diplomatic relations with the European countries. President Morales met Friday with ambassador Jean Pol Guevara to France, Carmen Almendras to Spain, and Antolin Ayaviri to Italy. Morales s plane was denied access to those countries on rumors that the plane was carrying US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden. It made an emergency landing in Vienna, Austria. All the European nations have offered apologies, though none have officially explained their actions, as Bolivia has demanded.


Newsline: Spain’s Ambassador apologizes to Bolivia for role in President jet ban

Spain has apologized to Bolivia for its parts in the recent incident, in which Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plane was forbidden to fly over some European countries on the rumors that US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden was onboard. Ambassador Angel Vazquez delivered on Monday the official apology to the Bolivian Foreign Ministry in La Paz. Varquez gave a statement acknowledging an “apology for the obstacle and the hardships caused to the president.” France, Spain, Portugal and Italy all refused to allow Morales’ plane, which was flying home on July 2 from Moscow, to cross their airspace. The presidential plane was forced to land in Vienna, Austria where it was searched by authorities on false rumors that US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was on board. The Bolivian Foreign Ministry accused the Europeans of bowing to US pressure when it banned Morales’ plane. After the incident, Morales revealed that Spain’s ambassador to Austria had tried to conduct a search of the aircraft. The incident also caused strong condemnation from several countries in Latin American, including Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who called it a “provocation” that concerned” all of Latin America.” Meanwhile, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia have all offered asylum to Snowden, who is holed up at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport since June 23, when he landed in Russia from Hong Kong.