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Evo’s pressure on the press: ‘Careful, careful, patience runs out’

Former Bolivian president Evo Morales warned that he issued a serious warning to the Bolivian journalistic media that he condemned for not aligning with the narrative of his MAS party or the government of Luis Arce.

“We ask the media not to misrepresent the truth. Watch out, watch out that patience runs out for some media. With lies and even speculation, we speak the truth and we are concerned about the behavior of some media, ”he said on Friday night.

Morales leads a call “March for the Homeland”, from Caracollo in Oruro to La Paz where he hopes to arrive on Monday.

The ambassador to Bolivia, Ariel Basteiro, militant with Evo Morales in a march of social organizations.

That demonstration takes place two years after resigning the presidency after allegations of fraud in the elections in which he tried to achieve a fourth consecutive term.

Morales denounced that episode as a coup, although the current secretary of the Central Obrera Bolivia Juan Carlos Huarachi was the one who suggested to the president that he resign due to the violence that had ignited in the country. “

Comrade President, we call you to reflection that you assume this responsibility, if there is a need to resign to appease the Bolivian people, from the Central Obrera we tell you to pacify the country ”. the unionist then wrote.

The march of these hours seeks support the government of Arce, which has just turned one year and had to withdraw legislation resisted by various unions that paralyzed the country, with the support of the prosperous Santa Cruz leadership.

Morales and his followers affirm that those protests were another coup attempt like the one that, they insist, would have happened two years ago.

Former President Evo Morales walks alongside the current president, Luis Arce.  (AP)

Former President Evo Morales walks alongside the current president, Luis Arce. (AP)

To the march led by Morales the Argentine ambassador Ariel Basteiro personally adhered, which provoked strong criticism from the opposition. (See separate).

“I am grateful to thousands of sisters and brothers who walk the asphalt in defense of democracy. Each of his steps encourages us to continue fighting for a Bolivia without racism and with social justice. Long live the March for the Homeland ”, affirmed Morales.

It is a “peaceful and democratic” response, says the ruling party, against the mobilizations and strikes “promoted by the right”, as the government describes the entire opposition.

The rivalries are around Law 1,386 of the National Strategy to Combat Legitimation of Illicit Profits and Financing of Terrorism, known as “Mother Law”.

The rule, according to its critics, empowered seize property on the sole suspicion that it was illegal. It also broke down professional and financial secrecy, authorized searches, seizures and other actions without requiring judicial authorization.

For the opposition it was a tool designed to ppursue and weaken dissent. One of the most controversial articles of the legislation gave the Arce government unlimited power to make executive modifications by decree without going through the legislative branch.

Arce clearly won the elections a year ago, but the ruling party suffered a defeat in the municipal elections last March, relinquishing control of the country’s main cities, including La Paz, El Alto, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz.

Source: AP and ANSA

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