May 1, 2013
President Evo Morales said Wednesday he is expelling the U.S. Agency for International Development from Bolivia for allegedly seeking to undermine his leftist government, and complained about the U.S. secretary of state calling the Western Hemisphere the “backyard” of Washington.
Morales did not specify exactly what USAID had done that merited expulsion, but the ABI state news agency said it was “accused of alleged political interference in peasant unions and other social organizations.”
In the past, Morales has accused the agency of funding groups that have opposed his policies, including a lowlands indigenous federation that organized protests against a Morales-backed highway through the TIPNIS rainforest preserve.
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