Bolivian President Evo Morales' plane was diverted on a flight from Russia on Tuesday and was forced to land in Austria over suspicions that Edward Snowden might be on board. France and Portugal abruptly cancelled air permits for Morales' plane, forcing the unscheduled stopover in Vienna.
The incident is undoubtedly condemnable as it has caused a lot of embarrassment for Morales as the head of state of Bolivia and the people of his country are quite rightfully enraged over the diversion of his flight.
People on the internet are expressing their fury over the countries that closed their airspace for the plane to land calling it ‘violation-of-all-sorts’ of the international law:
The scandalous European treatment of the Bolivian president #Morales is yet another proof we are all living in an US proxy democracy.— Martin Ekdahl (@martinekdahl) July 4, 2013
Seriously I can't get over the Bolivian president's plane incident in Europe. There R so many layers of grotesque violations of int'l laws!— finalsamsara (@finalsamsara) July 3, 2013
All French media disgustingly mute over France unlawful, despicable action against the Bolivian's president's plane last night. Yerk!— nanshakh (@Nanshakh) July 3, 2013
In breach of international law Bolivian President's plane was threatened with search if it had landed in Spain. Despicable. US Imperialism.— Nik van Leiden (@NikvanLeiden) July 3, 2013
It's outrageous that the EU forced the Bolivian president's plane to land in Vienna. Can you imagine the ruckus if it had been Obama? #WTF— Kati (@timotey) July 4, 2013
Still thinking how outrageous it was to force landing of Bolivian President's plane. Imagine consequences if that happened to a G8 leader.— Matthew Sherrington (@m_sherrington) July 4, 2013
What right does the USA have to interfere with the flight path of the plane of the Bolivian President? Outrageous arrogance by USA— William Jones (@wsjaeboo) July 3, 2013
Bolivian president's plane grounded in Europe amid rumors of Snowden aboard An outrageous move by the Austrian govt.— peter carmen (@peteyofdubai) July 3, 2013
So, what do you think about the incident? Do you agree that it was unlawful and outrageous to divert Evo Morales' flight? You can share your opinions in the comments section below.