Bolivian de facto government militarizes cities
La Paz, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) The de facto government of Bolivia today ordered the militarization of La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz, while announcing the possible use of force to lift the roadblocks in force in demand of elections.
The Minister of the Presidency, Yerko Núñez, justified to the press that the measure was taken to guarantee the transportation of oxygen tanks and food due to the stoppage as a result of the roadblocks maintained since last week.
The de facto government official did not rule out the use of force and added that the objective of the protesters is to convulse the country and cause a confrontation between Bolivians, according to local television station Red Bolivisión.
Bolivian social movements announced this Monday that they will maintain roadblocks and other pressure measures in the face of the failure of dialogue between the different political actors.
None of the conversations held in parallel this weekend culminated in agreements between the parties: not the one between the Central Obrera Bolivia, the electoral body and legislators; or that of the interim president, Jeanine Añez.
The proposal is clear: elections on September 6, the executive secretary of the Central Obrera Boliviana, Juan Carlos Huarachi, told local media.
For his part, the president of the electoral body, Salvador Romero, affirmed that October 18 is the 'definitive, immovable and not to pospone date of the 2020 electoral process.'
The demonstrations were joined by the indigenous peasant movement that is now demanding the resignation of interim president Jeanine Añez.
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