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China backs Bolivian government after coup attempt

Beijing, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) China backed the Bolivian government and expressed its confidence in the ability of Luis Arce's executive to maintain peace after the coup attempt.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said that as a good friend and partner of Bolivia, Beijing hopes and trusts that the government of the South American country can properly handle the situation.

She also urged the country to maintain its stability and development, “which is fundamental and beneficial in the long term for the Bolivian people,” she added.

In the last hours military coup supporters tried to take over the government headquarters and closed Plaza Murillo, the political epicenter of La Paz.

The state channel Bolivia TV showed how the Military Police, with riot shields, prevented the free transit of people and used gas against civilians who tried to approach the governmental headquarters and even journalists.

With the swearing in of new military commanders by President Arce, the coup attempt in the South American country was neutralized.

The head of State appointed as new general commander of the Army, Major General José Wilson, who in his first public speech ordered the return to the barracks of all military personnel.