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Bolivia’s Morales: Move Disneyland too?

October 15, 2007 |  8:13 am

There is no end in sight in the war of words between Washington and the leftist government of Bolivian President Evo Morales.

The latest flap involves Philip S. Goldberg, the U.S. ambassador in La Paz, who declared he wouldn’t be surprised if Morales sought to move Disneyland. This followed the Bolivian leader’s suggestion last month that the United Nations headquarters be relocated from New York.

Goldberg says he was just trying to introduce some levity, but the Bolivian government didn’t appreciate the joke.

Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca labeled the comments "racist" and offensive to "the peasant and indigenous movement of the continent."

Morales now regards Goldberg as unwelcome in the presidential palace until a formal apology is rendered, reports La Razón newspaper.

Said Morales: "We have decided that the ambassador should ask forgiveness from the people.... The anti-imperialist, anti-neo-liberal battle is going to continue, and we will not be frightened."

Posted by Patrick J. McDonnell and Andrés D’Alessandro in Buenos Aires