Bolivia on the verge of social uprising

16.08.2020 - Havana - Prensa Latina

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Bolivia on the verge of social uprising
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Bolivia is on the verge of a great social uprising that will bury the de facto regime of Jeanine Añez and restore democracy in the country, as political analysts assure.

One of these experts is the Bolivian head of the Centro de Estudios Nuestroamericanos (Center for Our American Studies), Gabriel Villalba, who declared that the current government has committed the worst atrocities in the recent political history of Bolivia.

For this specialist, the protests over the postponement of the election date and the requests for the resignation of Añez demonstrate the people’s fatigue in the face of uncertainty and the mockery of the regime.

The country needs democratic certainties, (which were) interrupted after the 2019 coup against Evo Morales (2006-2019), said the interviewee, who went on to add that stabilization seemed to come after the agreement between the Legislative, Executive and electoral powers to carry out the elections on September 6th.

However, Villalba said, the change of date to October 18th broke that agreement and mobilized an entire popular national bloc from various sectors, including the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS).

This political group is demonized by the media, despite the fact that its pressure measures – road blocks and strikes – are totally legitimate, according to the specialist.

In this regard, he argued that the large conglomerates of the press ignore Añez’s inability to face the crisis, aggravated by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and focus on describing sectors related to MAS as terrorists and crooks.

Villalba observes that the convulsive scenario can lead to state repression through a declaration of a state of siege that justifies violent incursions by the police, the army, and even paramilitary groups.

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