LA PAZ (Reuters) – Bolivian President Evo Morales denounced the actions of “violent teams” early on Saturday, hours after police forces have been seen becoming a member of scattered protests, however the army weighed in later saying it will not “confront the individuals” in a standoff over a disputed election.
Folks participate in a protest in opposition to Bolivia’s President Evo Morales in La Paz, Bolivia, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Morales, Latin America’s longest-standing chief, received the election on Oct. 20 however a delay of almost a day within the vote rely has sparked allegations of fraud and led to protests, strikes and highway blocks.
On Friday evening, native tv confirmed police in a number of Bolivian cities marching alongside protesters in obvious acts of disobedience and becoming a member of chants repeatedly utilized by the opposition.
Including to the stress on Morales, the Armed Forces stated in an announcement on Saturday “that we’ll by no means confront the individuals to whom now we have an obligation and we’ll all the time guarantee peace, coexistence and the event of our homeland.”
In a tweet within the early hours of Saturday, Morales repeated accusations that “violent teams” have been launching a coup in opposition to the state. The overseas ministry launched an announcement saying some law enforcement officials had “deserted their constitutional function of guaranteeing the safety of society and state establishments”.
At a information convention later within the day, Morales referred to as an pressing assembly with the 4 political events represented in parliament. By Saturday afternoon, at the very least two opposition events had rejected Morales’ invitation and one had accepted.
Morales stated he would additionally invite worldwide organizations together with the Vatican, the United Nations and the Group of American States (OAS), which is conducting an audit of the October vote.
Luis Fernando Camacho, a civic chief from the jap metropolis of Santa Cruz who has grow to be a logo of the opposition, and Carlos Mesa, the runner-up in October, reiterated their requires Morales – the nation’s chief since 2006 – to step down.
“What we wish right here is to unite all Bolivians in a single trigger. We would like President Evo Morales to go away,” Camacho informed a information convention.
Camacho plans to guide a march to the federal government palace on Monday with a symbolic resignation letter for Morales to signal.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro tweeted his assist for Morales on Saturday.
“We denounce earlier than the world the tried coup d’etat in progress in opposition to the brother President Evo Morales,” stated Maduro, who has been accused of corruption and human rights violations.
Reporting by Daniel Ramos; Writing by Cassandra Garrison; Enhancing by Frances Kerry, Andrea Ricci and Sonya Hepinstall