On July 2, the plane carrying the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, was raided by officials in Vienna airport in Austria, at the behest of the US imperialists, to allegedly search for the presence of Edward Snowden, the man who had earlier leaked the damaging information about American cyber-espionage. In an act of blatant brigandage President Morales was held up for 14 hours while the “search” was carried out. The President had been forced to stop in Vienna to refuel his plane, because four European countries (France, Spain, Portugal and Italy) had refused him permission to overfly their airspace on his way back home from Moscow, again obviously because of pressure put on them by the US imperialists.
The US imperialists and their European allies chose to harass the Bolivian President because his government has taken a clear stand against US imperialism and its attempts to dominate Latin America and the rest of the world. This dangerous and piratical act of harassing him while he was in flight was a desperate attempt by the US imperialists to threaten him against taking any action in connection with the Snowden case that they don’t like. This rogue-like action has instead backfired on the US. France has been forced to apologise to Morales because of the huge outcry in France and worldwide against their action. After he returned to Bolivia, leaders of Argentina, Venezuela, Suriname and Ecuador gathered in the capital city of La Paz to express their support for Bolivia and condemn US imperialism and its allies. His plane was met on arrival in La Paz by tens of thousands of his cheering fellow-citizens.
Mazdoor Ekta Lehar strongly condemns this outrageous attempt by US imperialism, through its allies, to intimidate the President, government and people of Bolivia, who have courageously opposed the hegemonic activities of US imperialism and have stood up for the rights and sovereignty of other nations.