Appointed as An Ally, Evo Morales Criticizes Bolsonaro's Arms Policy

Bolivian leader says ideological differences do not prevent a respectful relationship with the Brazilian

Sylvia Colombo
La Paz

Bolivian President Evo Morales is the only political survivor of the so-called "red wave" that hit South America-- except for Venezuelan Nicolás Maduro, whose regime has become a dictatorship. Morales says he dislikes the term but believes he has turned into a "reference."

"All the presidents of the region have me as a factor of unity. Because I relate respectfully to everyone." This includes Jair Bolsonaro.

Bolivia's president Evo Morales in Ginásio. (Foto: Diego Lisboa/Folhapress

"It is not because we have ideological differences that we will not relate politically. We relate well to all presidents, provided they were elected democratically."

Evo accomplished the feat of participating in the possessions of Maduro and the Brazilian president.

At the last Mercosur summit in Argentina, Bolsonaro said that Evo was "changing," and the symbol of this change is the country aiding Brazil in the extradition process of Italian Cesare Battisti.

"Battisti's case was a case of international legality; it was not a political decision. We will always act within the law," he said.

Evo criticized the Brazilian government's arms policy. "I have read about it, and I think it is very serious. I do not share the idea of allowing more weapons for whites to kill the poor of the country."

"Bolivia will never do that. There is an important ideological difference between us. But even if there is such a difference, as a democratically elected president, I respect him."

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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