BOLIVIA ON VERGE OF SOCIAL UPRISING, EXPERTS WARN
Bolivia is on the verge of a great social uprising that will bury the de facto regime of Jeanine Añez and restore democracy in the country, political analysts warned on Saturday (Sunday, August 16, 2020 in Manila.)
One of these experts is the Bolivian head of the Centro de Estudios Nuestroamericanos (Center for Our American Studies), Gabriel Villalba, who declared that the current government has committed the worst atrocities in the recent political history of Bolivia, Prensa Latina reported.
For this specialist, the protests over the postponement of the election date and the requests for the resignation of Añez demonstrate the people's fatigue in the face of uncertainty and the mockery of the regime.
The country needs democratic certainties that were interrupted after the 2019 coup against Evo Morales (2006-2019), he added, and some sort of stability may ensue after an agreement among the legislative, executive and electoral authorities to conduct the elections on September 6. However, Villalba said, the change of date to October 18th broke that agreement and mobilized an entire popular national bloc from various sectors, including the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS.) This political group is demonized by the media, despite the fact that its pressure measures - road blocks and strikes - are totally legitimate, according to the specialist. The press ignores Añez's inability to face the crisis, which has been aggravated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and focuses on describing sectors related to MAS as terrorists and crooks.