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    DEA Complicit in Drug Trade, says Morales Agence France-Presse Thursday November 6, 2008 http://rawstory.com/news/2008/DEA_encouraged_drug_trade_says_Morales_1
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      DEA Complicit in Drug Trade, says Morales
      Agence France-Presse
      Thursday November 6, 2008
      http://rawstory.com/news/2008/DEA_encouraged_drug_trade_says_Morales_1
      106.html


      Morales says evidence will be presented to President Obama
      Bolivian leader Evo Morales on Thursday accused the US government of
      encouraging drug-trafficking as he explained his decision to banish
      the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

      Morales, a staunch opponent of the Washington government, said the
      staff from the US agency had three months to prepare to leave the
      country, because "the DEA did not respect the police, or even the
      (Bolivian) armed forces."

      "The worst thing is, it did not fight drug trafficking; It encouraged
      it," the Bolivian leader said, adding that he had "quite a bit of
      evidence" backing up his charges.

      Presidential Minister Juan Ramon Quintana presented a series of
      documents and press clippings at a news conference, which he
      described as "object data" that had influenced Morales' decision to
      suspend DEA activities last week.

      Quintana said Morales was ready to present the evidence to incoming
      US president Barack Obama "to prove the illegality, abuse and
      arrogance of the DEA in Bolivia."

      Throughout the 1990s, the DEA in Bolivia "bribed police officers,
      violated human rights, covered up murders, destroyed bridges and
      roads," said Quintana.

      Morales earlier Thursday said that after a 1986 operation in
      Huanchaca National Park, it was determined that the largest cocaine
      processing plant "was under DEA protection."

      He also charged that the DEA had investigated political and union
      leaders opposed to neoliberal economic policies, which he said
      amounted to political persecution.

      On Wednesday, he had accused the DEA of shooting and killing
      Bolivians during their anti-drug operations, including members of the
      coca farmers' movement.

      Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president, has served as the
      leader of the Bolivian coca-growers union. The coca plant, from which
      cocaine is derived, has many uses in traditional Andean culture.

      The Bolivian leader announced last Saturday he was suspending the
      work of the DEA in the impoverished Andean nation, and accused it of
      having encouraged political unrest that killed 19 people in September.

      "From today all the activities of the US DEA are suspended
      indefinitely," the Bolivian leader had said in the coca-growing
      region of Chimore, in the central province of Chapare, where he was
      evaluating efforts to combat drug trafficking.

      The DEA has denied Morales' accusations.

      US President George W. Bush, in a finding released in September,
      added Bolivia to a list of countries that have "failed demonstrably"
      in anti-drugs cooperation.

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