LA PAZ, Bolivia ( Associated Press) – Police on Wednesday detained the governor of the Santa Cruz region, Luis Fernando Camacho, the main opponent of Luis Arce’s government, who a month ago led a 36-day strike to demand a census. Can be done The census is done in 2023 and may carry more political weight in your area. Several open criminal proceedings are ongoing against Camacho.
Government Minister Carlos Eduardo del Castillo briefly confirmed on his Twitter account, “We inform the people of Bolivia that the police have complied with the arrest warrant against Mr. Luis Fernando Camacho.” No official information was provided on the charges judicially justifying the arrest, which was ordered by the prosecutor’s office.
Lawyer Martín Camacho told the Santa Cruz newspaper El Debar that his client was forcibly stopped by police officers in his car when he was returning home just after noon on Wednesday. According to the defender, Camacho was transferred to La Paz to answer the demands against him.
Camacho is the leader of the opposition coalition Kremos and in recent times has become the main rival of President Luis Arce. In November, they led a strike against the government of Luis Arce, demanding that a population census be conducted in 2023 so that their region could get more seats in the legislature and with it more power in the country’s political decisions Could
The governor of Santa Cruz, a province considered the country’s economic locomotive and opposition bastion, faces charges of treason, treason, corruption, embezzlement and even rape that occurred three decades ago.
From his region, he led mass protests that forced President Evo Morales to resign in 2019, following failed elections identified as fraudulent by the Organization of American States (OAS). Morales was seeking a fourth consecutive term in those elections.
The opposition has condemned the persecution of opposition leaders who led the 2019 uprising, including interim President Jeanine Áñez, who was sentenced to ten years in prison for those incidents.
The social outcry at the time claimed the lives of 37 protesters and plunged the country into its most serious political crisis in recent years.