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    Bolivia's President Evo Morales speaks during a news conference at the the venue where the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) Summit will be held in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, November 20, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

Published 30 November 2017

Bolivia's first Indigenous president has frequently lambasted capitalism as "the formula that is destroying our species."

Bolivia's President Evo Morales reiterated his call for the “capitalist powers,” especially the United States, to stop polluting and destroying Mother Earth.

“Since time immemorial, the 30th of November has been the Day of Mother Earth. The Original Peoples make special rites to the land that gives of life, because we come from the earth and will return to it. Today, I will be on the hill Cuchi Cuchi, Orinoca, to pay tribute to the Pachamama.”

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“From Mother Earth, from Cuchi Cuchi hill, Orinoca, we call on the capitalist powers, especially Trump who withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, to put an end to pollution, climate change, and irreversible damage,” he said on Twitter.

Morales, who is Bolivia's first indigenous president, has frequently lambasted the world's major capitalist economies, particularly the U.S. for their failure to take responsibility for their substantial role in ecological destruction.

The President has been a strong voice urging to strengthen and affirm the Paris agreement, and has explicitly stated that capitalism is “the formula that is destroying our species.”

In July, Morales made similar remarks, saying that the “U.S., the most industrialized and most polluted country in the world, cannot deny its responsibility for the damage it causes to the environment.”

On Thursday, Morales announced that he would run for re-election in 2019, in reaction to United States' threats of interference following the top Bolivian court's recent election ruling.

The State Department released a statement condemning a November 28th ruling that extended Bolivian officials term limits. Morales said that although prior to the U.S. remarks he was “undecided” about reelection possibilities, the U.S. threats have given him the resolve to run.

“I was not so determined, now I am determined,” he said in Cochabamba on Thursday.

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