Bolivian President Evo Morales says he doesn't blame miners themselves for leading violent protests that ended with the torture and assassination of a vice minister, instead blaming what he described as a campaign of manipulation from the national and international opposition.
"I would rather say that I feel betrayed by some mining leaders, used by the right wing, who seek bad advisers," Morales said in an interview with teleSUR on Wednesday.
According to Morales, the victory that the right wing won with the recent constitutional referendum on presidential term limits gave it the wings to carry out a process of destabilization, with the support of the U.S. government and the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia.
"Right-wing leaders often travel to the United States and receive their orders from there," he argued. "It’s a conspiracy from the U.S. Embassy."
Washington does not want "rivals" nor "competition" in Latin America like the Union of South-American Nations, or UNASUR, which is why it is trying to "break" the regional organization, Morales claimed.
"I deplore very much what happened with the miners," the president said. "But some of them let themselves be fooled, many of these cooperatives have been privatized and the mobilization is not a protest. I am convinced it’s a conspiracy."
Morales also deplored the situation of Brazil, saying the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff was a repeat of Paraguay's parliamentary coup in 2012 against Fernando Lugo.
"Trials only occur against left-wing governments, not right-wing governments, because of U.S. imperialism: imperialists don't care about the homeland, they care about money," he said. "In Venezuela they seek to justify an intervention not for the Venezuelan people, for democracy, but in order to control the oil, just like they did in Libya."
In Morales' opinion, the only way to address these challenges is: "unity, and more unity."
"The people should defend our democracy, social peace and natural resources, and be aware of media lies," Morales said.