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Was Bolivian President Evo Morales ousted in a coup? Show more Show less

Bolivia has been a site of political upheaval since Evo Morales, president of the country for 13 consecutive years, declared his victory in the October 20th election. The streets have been filled with both violent and peaceful protestors. Some argue against the legitimacy of the vote. Others defend the re-election of the left-wing, indigenous leader. On November 10th, Morales resigned and sought political asylum in Mexico.

Regime change is legitimate Show more Show less

It doesn't matter whether Morales was ousted legally or not, regime change is legitimate in Bolivia.
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Bolivians were asking for government change

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Popular protests took over the streets as soon as the possibility of electoral fraud became common knowledge. Over the following weeks, thousands of Bolivians took to the streets in protest, reclaiming their right to free and fair election.

The Argument

The large masses moved against Evo Morales' should be listened to and respected. At a time when the legitimacy of democratic institutions is in doubt, the people should have the chance to defend their rights in peaceful protest. If they cry for regime change, they deserve to get it. [1]

Counter arguments

Thousands have also taken to the streets in defense of Morales. To assume without further evidence that one popular protest simply trumps the other is to truly undermine democratic institutions.



1. Democracy puts the power in the hands of the people. 2. The people wanted Morales out. 3. Therefore, he should have been forced to leave office.

Rejecting the premises

Rejecting P2. Many people also wanted Morales to stay in office. One protest does not automatically trump another.


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