“To the Bolivian community … I’ve decided that, for the health and lives of our people, I will take all constitutional and legal actions available to return medical attention and health services to the Bolivian people … because it’s a fundamental human right… We’ve followed through with our word … we can’t say the same of the medical schools and associations that after eight signed accords still are not attending to our people. There are other interests that are guiding these (medical) directors.” – Evo Morales, Telesur TV, 8 January 2018.
“Soon people will realize that they used the Code in order to falsification… We will convoke the Sex Federations, so all the presidents of chambers explain the differences with Banzer’s Code.” – Evo Morales, Telesur TV, 8 January 2018.
“The right wing only relies on lies — from lying about Feb. 21, 2016 to the Criminal Code.” – Evo Morales, Telesur TV, 7 January 2018.
“Trump declared January as the national month for the Prevention of Slavery and Trafficking in Persons. If he is sincere, he should reverse his racist policy of massive persecution and deportation against migrants and end the labor and sexual exploitation of immigrants in the US.” – Evo Morales, Telesur TV, 4 January 2018.
“Today we see with deep concern how racism is spreading in the US.” – Evo Morales, Telesur TV, 4 January 2018.
“We are the indigenous blood of Mother Earth. Until now Bolivia has been ruled by a few families that have all the political and economic power. They despise, humiliate, marginalize and hate the majority of the indigenous population… After 525 years of colonization, we indigenous peoples are part of the construction of a new Plurinational State and we have full participation in international political organizations and forums.” – Evo Morales, Eurasia Review, 4 January 2018.
“Here we have the presence of China, with cooperation without pre-conditions, with credit without conditions [contrasting Chinese investments with ones from th West].” – Evo Morales, Eurasia Review, 4 January 2018.
“If that money [speaking of the United States’ $700 billion military budget] was used for cooperation or to fight poverty, we could solve so many [of the world’s social and environmental] problems… The U.S. creates and perpetuates international conflicts for profit….The capitalist system that [it] represents is not a policy that embodies the people of the United States but a policy of the transnational corporations, especially those that commercialize weapons and push for an arms race…they use any pretext against the anti-imperialist countries to subdue and dominate them politically and rob them economically. They’re after our natural resources.” – Evo Morales, Eurasia Review, 4 January 2018.
“The retreat of the left in Latin America is due to the incapacity of progressive governments to face a media war and the lack of political training of the youth.” – Evo Morales, Eurasia Review, 4 January 2018.
“He [Argentine’s President Mauricio Macri] said: Let’s arrange bilateral talks for February. Argentina has suspended them twice already”, Morales said. “He owes me a game of ‘futsal’ but he hasn’t gotten back to me.” – Evo Morales, Perfil, 3 January 2018.
“Above the demands is the right to life.” – Evo Morales, TeleSur, 27 December 2017.
“We are going to discuss this issue with the social movements, with the institutions and all the sectors, to develop a new system, so our brothers and sisters can easily have access to it [referring to the new health system].” – Evo Morales, TeleSur, 27 December 2017.
“Until 2005 the average budget was $2.1 bolivianos ($309 million USD), and it is currently $14.3 billion bolivianos ($2.5 billion USD), … Ten years ago, there were 2,870 health centers in Bolivia, and there are 3,902 centers nowadays [referring to the achievement made in the last ten years in healthcare].” – Evo Morales, Prensa Latina, 27 December 2017.
“Infant mortality was reduced to more than half, life expectancy went from 64 years to 72 years and the primary health care program Mi Salud reaches 308 of the 339 municipalities in the country.” –
Evo Morales, Prensa Latina, 27 December 2017.
“Mission completed, we’re ready for the elections.” – Evo Morales, Latin American Herald Tribune, 17 December 2017.
“Now I’m determined, and I will be a candidate, brothers and sisters, in 2019, all because of anger with the United States. … Why do they have to threaten, to intimidate?” – Evo Morales, Washington Times, 30 November 2017.