Mon. Mar 30th, 2020

Thousands of Bolivians cry out against Evo Morales a few days after the elections

Thousands of Bolivians seconded Thursday concentrations against the country president, Evo Morales, in which he was asked to be prosecuted for treason, ten days after the elections in which he attends the re-election.

La Paz, seat of the Bolivian Government and Parliament, and Cochabamba, another of the main cities in the country, were the scenarios in which civic organizations gathered thousands of detractors from Morales.

The date chosen was this October 10, Day of Democracy in Bolivia in memory of the end of dictatorships 37 years ago.

The cabildos or citizen assemblies convened by the National Committee for the Defense of Democracy (Conade) had the presence of opposition leaders, in full campaign for the elections next October 20.

Between a sea of ​​Bolivian flags and banners, former president Carlos Mesa, a candidate of the Citizen Community, mixed among the concentrates and was the most acclaimed in the central Plaza of San Francisco.

The same scenario in front of the facade of baroque mestizo of San Francisco in which the proclamation of President Hernán Siles Zuazo returned to democracy in Bolivia in 1982 on October 10.

Mesa, who polls give them options to force a second round with Morales, joined the marches that in the afternoon went to the square from different parts of the city, in a festive atmosphere of music and slogans.

The candidate for the Bolivia Dice No alliance, Óscar Ortiz, and the leader of the also opposition National Unit, Samuel Doria Medina, also joined the protest.

"Bolivia said no" was one of the most choreographed slogans, referring to a referendum that in 2016 denied the possibility of returning to Evo Morales, the president with the longest time in power in Bolivia, since 2006.

"Evo, Linera, the prison awaits them," the protesters shouted, also referring to the country's vice president, Álvaro García Linera, his partner in power since 2006 and in the candidacy with which they aspire to a fourth consecutive term until 2025.

"Democracy yes, dictatorship no", "We are not afraid" and "Freedom" were other unanimous cries in the protest, during which several times it was heard chanting "President's Table" in La Paz square and on the adjoining avenue full of people.

Both in La Paz and in Cochabamba, representatives of citizen groups that supported the protest, some from other parts of the country such as Santa Cruz and Potosí.

The speakers repeated messages of denunciation of the waste of which they accuse the Government of Morales, for spending "forty dollars a minute" on the helicopter he uses daily to "go dancing, play soccer or go to the palace."

On the stage were spokesmen of indigenous and professional groups with proclamations in favor of the useful vote, against the target or null that the surveys predict in a relevant percentage, so as not to waste the opportunity to close the Evo Morales era.

"Liar", "corrupt" and "dictator" were some of the qualifications received by the president.

The concentration in La Paz was closed by Waldo Albarracín, former Bolivian Ombudsman and now university rector especially critical of the Government.

Albarracín went to the crowd to highlight the massive support of "a people that has dignity" to support protests that can "mark a milestone" for Bolivian democracy.

The town hall concluded with a series of resolutions in which the resignation of the electoral body was demanded, considering it related to the Government for having endorsed its candidacy despite the referendum that denied the possibility of extending the two mandates followed by the Constitution that Morales himself allows promulgated

A call to "democratic civil disobedience" and to vote only for those who comply with the Constitution were other claims.

But the most serious demands that both Morales and García Linera be prosecuted for crimes such as high treason, accused of violating the constitutional regime of natural resources.

The serious fires in Chiquitania, a Bolivian region in which millions of hectares of forest have burned since last August, are attributed from the opposition, as was revealed in the town hall, to a presidential decree that caused burning to gain ground for Agricultural and livestock interests.

At the end of the protest in La Paz, there was reference to a survey of the initiative "Your vote counts", which reflects a small difference between Morales and Mesa and even a tie in the second round.

On the concentrations late at night in La Paz and in the Plaza de las Banderas de Cochabamba, significant reactions of the ruling party did not transcend at the last hour of the day.

The president of the country had remembered this Bolivian Democracy Day on Twitter in the morning "in homage to the martyrs of the dictatorship, the Bolivian people and their social movements."

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