Bolivia: Opposition calls march to demand release of former president

Source: France 24 [French state media]

“Bolivia’s opposition have called for demonstrations against left-wing President Luis Arce to demand the release of former head of state Jeanine Anez and an end to ‘political persecution.’ The powerful Santa Cruz Civic Committee, a regional movement of business leaders and social organizations, called for a ‘big march’ on Sunday and a national strike the following day. Right-wing former Bolivian presidents Carlos Mesa and Jorge Quiroga and the governor of the rich eastern region of Santa Cruz also joined the call. The opposition is demanding the government ‘put an end to political persecution’ over a ‘false coup’ and release political prisoners, Santa Cruz Civic Committee president Romulo Calvo said on Monday. Former interim president Anez has been in prison since March, accused of allegedly leading a coup in 2019 to oust then-president Evo Morales.” (10/05/21)