Bolivian social movements reported that former de facto president Jeanine Áñez tried to escape to Brazil, but her escape was prevented and she is being held in the city of Trinidad. A representative of social organizations in the department of Beni, in northern Bolivia, announced that they prevented Áñez from boarding a plane at the city’s Jorge Henrich Arauz airport when he was trying to go to a border city and then go to Brazil. The act they considered was the flight of the ex-ruler, HispanTV reported.
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ALAN MACLEOD—On Monday, the country’s legislative assembly decided to charge “interm pesident” Jeanine Añez and a number of other officials from her government, including the notorious Arturo Murillo, with ordering the massacres of protesters in Senkata and Sacaba. Just before those events, Añez announced that security services would be pre-exonerated of all crimes during what she called the “re-establishment of order.” Medea Benjamin reported from the scene for MintPress, describing how churches were turned into makeshift morgues, with blood running from the pews. Dozens of people were killed.
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S. KARGANOVIC—The question could legitimately be put why Morales had to resort to a stand-in instead of running himself and personally humiliating his enemies, probably even more decisively. The reason lies in some dastardly chicanery on the part of the imperial dirty tricks department. Anticipating a virtually fraud-proof electoral disaster if Morales were allowed to run personally, the local puppet regime contrived phony sex charges to disqualify the illegally ousted President and bar him from presenting his candidacy.
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People across Bolivia are celebrating the return to democracy and the end to the rule of the repressive de facto regime. The MAS victory has been saluted by world leaders such as Nicolás Maduro, Alberto Fernández, Andrés Manuel López Obrador and others who provided crucial support to Morales and other members of his government and the party during and following the violent coup. After he was forced to step down, Morales and former vice-president Alvaro García Linera fled to Mexico. Following the inauguration of Alberto Fernández as president of Argentina, they, along with their families, sought asylum there.
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The recent elections in Bolivia did not happen just because the “interim government” of Jeanine Áñez, duly anointed by the US-proxy OAS, decided to act fair and square and agree to hold elections. It happened after many obstacles and delays because the masses threw themselves out on the roads and streets to make their presence felt, defying harsh repression at every turn.