Allard: Spanish “Partido Popular” Financed Coup Against Bolivian President

Posted on June 9, 2010

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Spanish Partido Popular financed coup against Bolivian president

Jean-Guy Allard

THE Fundación Iberoamérica Europa (FIE), a branch of the Spanish right-wing Partido Popular (currently led by Mariano Rajoy), which was formerly directed by Ana Botella, wife of former Prime Minister José Maria Aznar, paid out millions to support the failed coup against Bolivian President Evo Morales. This has been confirmed by the German journalist and researcher Ingo Niebel in an article published on the internet version of the GEHEIM magazine (http://www.geheim-magazin.de), which specializes in intelligence and subversion topics.

Niebel notes that the Bolivian Ministry of Justice is investigating FIE because it has evidence that the mercenaries involved received approximately 250,000 euros ($300,000) to mount a coup d’état and assassinate the president.

During his visit to Madrid for the recent European-Latin American Summit, the Bolivian president accused the Spanish Partido Popular of having organized the 2007 coup that “fortunately” failed. The Bolivian head of state made the statement during the May 18 Press Breakfast sponsored by the Spanish Europa Press news agency, very close to the extreme right in that country.

The leader of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) based his accusations on information published in the media affirming that the PP organized the coup via a “Spanish foundation.” Even Europa Press suggested in its own release that the institution in question “could be” the Fundación Iberoamérica Europa (FIE).

The German Geheim magazine comments that the FIE webpage states that that it maintains ties with CAINCO, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Santa Cruz, a stronghold of the Bolivian oligarchy.


FIE’s president is Pablo Izquierdo, a former Partido Popular deputy, who maintains close contact with that party and with former Spanish Prime Minister José Maria Aznar (1994-2006). Aznar’s wife was FIE president from 1994- 1999, Niebel notes.

“Other PP members also held high posts in FIE,” he says, noting that “between 1999 and 2008 the Foundation received public funding of 4.3 million euros, of which approximately 990,000 were allocated to its work in Bolivia.”

Ana Botella, the ultra-right “prima donna” of the PP in Madrid, head of the Madrid Community and leader of the anti-Cuba smear campaigns together with CIA agent and terrorist Carlos Alberto Montaner, had to show up in the conspiracy. “In November of 2008, FIE received a further one million euros, this time from the Autonomous Community of Madrid, governed by another PP politician, Esperenza Aguirre.”

In September 2009 the Spanish daily El País stated that 750,000 euros of the abovementioned sum was to be channeled into “strengthening institutional capacities for the development of Bolivia’s most disfavored sectors.”

Another 150,000 euros went to “strengthening the institutions of the business sector, community leaders and young journalists in Venezuela.”

“In Spain, FIE provides assistance to immigrants from Latin America and Romania in its three service centers. For that work it received 1.6 million euros.”

In his Geheim article, Niebel emphasizes, “The EU’s European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) has been investigating the Foundation for the last five years. Currently the Spanish Audiencia Nacional (National Court of Spain) has initiated legal proceedings against senior PP officials on alleged corruption charges.”

In 2002, the PP supported the Venezuelan coup leader Pedro Carmona Estanga before, during and after his illegal action against Hugo Chávez, the legally elected president.

The circumstances surrounding the death in the United States of Istvan Belovai, a spy of Hungarian origin who directed the Bolivian coup conspirers, remains a mystery.

His death occurred just when Bolivia was conducting a thorough examination of the contents of one of Rózsa Flores’ laptops. In a file named “Bel-Norte,” the Bolivian experts found a number of emails that Rózsa Flores exchanged with Belovai.

It is worth noting that the ringleaders of the Supreme Council which directed the conspiracy included the influential Santa Cruz businessman of Croatian origin, Branko Marinkovic, who fled Bolivia after being charged by the Attorney General, and found asylum in the United States.

After the commando was disbanded, Alejandro Melgar Pereira, director of the CAINCO Arbitration and Reconciliation Center, and a fellow conspirator in the plot, likewise fled Bolivia immediately for the United States.

It was also confirmed that Rózsa Flores was in contact with UnoAmerica, a Latin American fascist group headed by Alejandro Peña, who subsequently appeared in the company of the coupmongers in Honduras.