” The political persecution has begun, ” complained former Bolivian President Jeanine Áñez , who was arrested by the police on Friday night and transferred to La Paz where she refused to answer questions from a prosecutor who accuses her of “sedition. “and” terrorism ” . The Government did not deprive itself of circulating a photograph of her behind the bars of a cell of the Special Force to Fight Crime (Felcc).
Áñez actively participated in the coup against Evo Morales in November 2019, to the point of proclaiming herself interim president, being third in the line of succession in Congress. The first thing he did was show himself to the country with a Bible in hand.
After the electoral victory of the Movement for Socialism (MAS) that brought Luis Arce to the presidency last year , political conditions changed radically again. As part of that turnaround, Áñez can now receive up to 20 years in prison. It is still an irony of history.
That the former interim president, as well as the members of the team of ministers and the leadership of the Armed Forces that first promoted and later legitimized the coup, carry the same accusation on their backs that forced Morales into exile.
“We do not persecute anyone. We are going to give justice to our people,” said the Minister of Government, Eduardo del Castillo. The Evo claimed the same. “That the authors and accomplices of the dictatorship that looted the economy and attacked life and democracy in Bolivia be investigated and punished .”
Admiral Flavio Arce San Martín has also been arrested. The same as the former Minister of Justice Álvaro Coímbra. “The MAS has decided to return to the styles of the dictatorship. A shame because Bolivia does not need dictators, it needs freedom and solutions,” Áñez reacted on his Twitter account.
“It is the socialist practice, they lie without blushing, they rewrite stories to justify abuses. It was not a coup, it was constitutional succession due to electoral fraud. Those who did not dare to receive a convulsed country resigned since the main responsible FLEE,” he added.
His account does not match the facts. Amid the political upheaval and a police revolt , the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, Williams Kaliman, “suggested” to Morales that he resign. The president left the country.
First he went to Mexico and then to Argentina. Kaliman will have to sit in the dock, the same as General Sergio Orellana, who succeeded him in office and supported the repressive program of the de facto authorities that resulted in 36 deaths and more than 500 injuries during the first protests against the knock. The government believes that Orellana left the country, as did the former police commander, Yuri Calderón.
Former Government Minister Arturo Murillo , one of the tough men on Áñez’s team, to the point that he celebrated the fact of going out to “hunt down” Morales’ collaborators, is another of the wanted leaders. “My solidarity with the woman, mother and friend ex-president who gave everything for Bolivia, including her freedom. She suffers the abuse of a tyrannical government. Friendly force.”
The legal action may run into problems when presenting your evidence. Defense Minister Edmundo Novillo assured that the military made the documentation and information stored in computers about the operations at the end of 2019 disappear.
“There is not one hundred percent all the information, it is the first data. When the military left coup leaders have cleaned up fingerprints, documentation and cybernetic information. ”
The arrest warrants have been rejected by former Presidents Carlos Mesa and Jorge Quiroga . The center-right leader Samuel Doria Medina maintained that President Arce “makes a mistake by letting politicized prosecutors compete” in the persecution of the uniformed men. He recalled in that sense that “relations with the Armed Forces are a delicate matter of the State.”
The right-wing Luis Fernando Camacho also came out to criticize the government. “President, stop turning a blind eye and stop the intimidation and persecution and start working together for the health, employment and economy of Bolivia.” He had a much more leading role than Áñez in the fall of Morales.
Shielded by the ballot box, the current judicial authorities will not dare to touch him, say political analysts. Camacho has just triumphed in the regional elections. Santa Cruz, the most prosperous area of the country and where the rejection of the MAS is most intense, has made it its main authority.