Monday, January 30, 2023

Bolivia: March in cities demanding the release of the governor

LA PAZ, Bolivia ( Associated Press) — Demonstrations in several Bolivian cities and a massive march in Santa Cruz on Tuesday demanded the release of Governor Luis Fernando Camacho, who has been detained since Friday on terrorism charges, allegedly because of his from his rescue due to declining health. The opposition leader receives medical attention in prison and is “stable”, according to the government.

Evangelicals and Catholics launched a massive march on Tuesday to pray for peace and the release of the Santa Cruz governor. Other mobilizations were carried out in the cities of La Paz, Cochabamba, Trinidad (Beni) and Sucre (Chucquisaca) with posters that said “Free Camacho”.

However, in La Paz, there was another call for justice at the door of the prosecutor’s office and it rejected Camacho’s release.

Camacho, 43, has been in preventive custody since Friday on terrorism charges. His defense and family say he fainted due to swelling of blood vessels and has asked for hospital treatment.

The national director of the penal system, Juan Carlos Limpias, assured the Red Uno television station that the disease Camacho suffers from can be treated “with all the facilities in the penitentiary center” and that his health is stable.

Tuesday’s day of demonstrations with white flags and proclamations of peace was a stark contrast to Monday night, when clashes broke out between police and protesters after six days of fighting. Television footage showed police firing tear gas to disperse the vigil and groups throwing firecrackers at officers. Roadblocks were tightened.

In response to complaints of police excesses, Edson Claire, deputy commander of the police in Santa Cruz, reported that 26 police officers were injured in the six days of clashes, 44 vehicles were burned by the prosecutor’s office, and nearly 20 public and private institutions . In the past day, 23 people were sentenced for the destruction, said Claire, who did not mention whether there had been injuries. However, leaders in Santa Cruz – a province that is Bolivia’s agricultural engine and opposition bastion – estimate that around a hundred are injured.

Camacho emerged in politics from the Santa Cruz Civic Committee during the 2019 political crisis that led to the resignation of then-President Evo Morales, leader of the ruling Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party, after the Organization of American States concluded that elections in which He had won his fourth consecutive term, it was rigged. 36 people died in the conflict.

For MAS it was a coup against Morales.

The prosecutor’s office has requested preventive detention for Camacho on the grounds that he is at risk of flight and obstruction of justice during the investigation.

Carlos Alarcon, a deputy from the opposition Comunidad Ciudadana force, denounced the case as an “invention” of the government to justify its “persecution of those who think differently”.

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