Bolivian President Evo Morales reported on Saturday that his sister's house in the city of Oruro was set on fire, as well as the houses of the governors of the same region and also in Chuquisaca, amid protests that spread throughout the country. the country.
"We denounce and condemn before the international community and the Bolivian people that the fascist coup plan executes violent acts with irregular groups that set fire to the house of the governors of Chuquisaca and Oruro and my sister in that city," Morales said in his Twitter account.
The president, who on Saturday called the opposition to dialogue, called for "peace and democracy to be preserved."
We denounce and condemn before the Bolivian international community and people that the plan of the fascist coup is carrying out violent acts with irregular groups that set fire to the house of governors of Chuquisaca and Oruro and my herman in that city. We preserve peace and democracy
Bolivian police protest against Evo Morales in Santa Cruz de la Sierra on Saturday (9) – Photo: Rodrigo Urzagasti / Reuters
According to videos published by militants of the Official Movement of Socialism (MAS) and inhabitants of Oruro in western Bolivia, a group of people were looting and burning the house of the governor, Victor Hugo Vásquez.
“I want to report to the international community that my property has been attacked,” said Chuquisaca Governor Esteban Urquizu, who also wrote: “We want peace!”
Chuquisaca, in the south center of the country, is the region where Sucre, Bolivia's constitutional capital, is located.
Last Wednesday (6), a crowd set fire to the city hall of Vinto. Mayor Patricia Arce was dragged down the street, dyed and had her hair cut until she was rescued by the police.
A crowd also set fire to a Bolivian television channel Unitel in the nearby town of El Alto, neighboring La Paz. There are no injuries, the TV board said.
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Faced with a riot of police, the Bolivian government issued a statement on Saturday denouncing a coup plan in the country.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that "the latest events highlight the implementation of a coup plan by radical civic groups."
On Friday (8), opposition opponent Fernando Camacho of Santa Cruz province made a public call to “interrupt constitutional order,” according to the text, and called on the military and national police to “not recognize constitutional government and demand the resignation of President Evo Morales, ”according to the statement.
Bolivian media reported that police in the capital La Paz added on Saturday to those from three regions that on Friday began rioting against repression of opponents. The groups refuse to crack down on demonstrations against the re-elected president in October for a fourth consecutive term after elections contested by opponents.
There are therefore riots in police units in the following cities:
- La Paz
- Holy Cross
Carlos Mesa, candidate defeated by Evo Morales in presidential election – Photo: David Mercado / Reuters
According to El Deber newspaper, Carlos Mesa, a candidate who was defeated by Evo in the election, said there was no coup d'état underway. He urged supporters of President Evo's party not to respond to the leader's request to mobilize, and for opponents not to respond to provocations.
"What happens in the next few hours is the last window of opportunity for Evo Morales," said Carlos Mesa.
Cases such as attacks on politicians' houses have been reported since Friday, one of the most violent days during the demonstrations, with unrest in several cities. The intensified protests have left at least three dead and more than 380 injured.