Arrest of opposition leader raises tension in Bolivia

PEACE.- Luis Fernando Camacho, Governor opponent of the Santa Cruz region, economic locomotive of bolivian, He was arrested this Wednesday by the police on the order of a prosecutor, reported the Minister of Government (Interior), Eduardo del Castillo.

“We informed the Bolivian people that the Bolivian Police complied with the arrest warrant against Mr. Luis Fernando Camacho,” said del Castillo, without specifying the crimes of which he is accused.

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Luis Fernando Camacho, is one of the main figures of the opposition to the regime of Luis Arce and the official Evo Moralespromoter of the strike of more than a month that affected the region in the context of the conflict over the new date of the population census.

According to local media, the governor of the most populous region of Bolivia was transferred to the Santa Cruz airport, in order to be taken to La Paz.

“At the moment the whereabouts of the governor are unknown, for which we hold the government of President Luis Arce responsible for the physical security and life of the governor,” said the governor’s office of this region in a statement.

In addition, it indicated that “the governor of Santa Cruz has been kidnapped, in a completely irregular police operation and taken in an unknown direction.”

After learning of Camacho’s arrest, dozens of his supporters crowded into the two Santa Cruz airports: the Viru Viru international airport and the Trompillo domestic airport.

They shouted that they would not allow Camacho’s transfer to La Paz and demanded his release, according to images from the Unitel television channel.

In El Trompillo, protesters forcibly forced a reduced military guard to abandon their security duties.

Camacho, leader of the opposition platform Creemos, is being investigated by the Movimiento Al Socialismo (MAS) regime, the party of Evo Morales, which accuses him through the Prosecutor’s Office for his possible participation in the political crisis that devastated Bolivia in 2019, after the electoral fraud committed by Evo Morales, who proclaimed himself the winner of the presidential elections, which provoked protests. Morales resigned from office, fled the country, and incited violence from abroad, according to journalistic investigations.

The MAS regime filed at least six accusations against Evo Morales, including two accusations for alleged sexual crimes against minors, after the MAS returned to power with Luis Arce in the presidency.

The Bolivian opposition has denounced persecution against the opposition leaders who led the 2019 revolt, including former interim president Jeanine Áñez, who was sentenced to ten years in prison for those events, while Morales, accused of being the cause of the crisis, remains on freedom.

The social outbreak at that time claimed the lives of 37 demonstrators and plunged the country into the most serious political crisis in recent years.

FOUNTAIN: With information from AFP/Europa Press/AP