USAID-donated tents for flood victims in Beni, Bolivia. Bolivia's president, Evo Morales, threatens to expel the agency from operating in the country for allegedly supporting his political adversaries. Photo by: USAID

Bolivian President Evo Morales has threatened to expel the U.S. Agency for International Development from operating in Bolivia for allegedly supporting his political enemies.

The threat against the U.S. follows the violence that occurred near La Paz, where two people were killed as farmers protested the government’s agricultural policy. The Bolivian president believed USAID is by funding non-governmental organizations allied with the right-wing opposition that staged the protest, according to All Headline News

“If the U.S. Agency for International Development continues with its activities, I will not hesitate to expel them because we are dignified, sovereign and we are not going to allow any interference,” he said during a conference of trade unions in the coca industry. 

In 2008, Morales already expelled the U.S. ambassador to Bolivia and the staff working to control cocaine trade into the U.S. This prompted the U.S. government to expel Bolivia’s ambassador from Washington.

The Bolivian president’s warning came as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Latin American countries this week to discuss foreign policy.

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