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In a historic caravan, Evo Morales returns to Bolivia. ‘We will be millions’

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São Paulo – Former President Evo Morales is back in Bolivia. On Monday (9), a year after the coup that forced him to resign and leave the country, he crossed the Argentine border and returned to his homeland through the city of Villazón, where he was received by a crowd that celebrated the return. According to the Argentine newspaper Page 12, Evo stepped on Bolivian soil at around 11 am, announcing: “we will return and we will be millions”, he said, recalling the historical speech of the Aymara indigenous leader, Tupac Katari. The “prophecy” has become a motto for Evo since November 11, 2019, when he was deposed and also gives his book its name, released in August.

Accompanied by a delegation of political exiles made up of 145 Bolivian citizens, including 17 former employees, the crossing marked the caravan entitled “Back to the Fatherland”, which started this Sunday (8). From the city of San Salvador de Jujuy, in Argentina – the country that welcomed him when he left Mexico in December -, Evo Morales also shared a video narrating his trajectory of the coup until today. Emphasizing that Bolivia “suffered one of the worst moments in its history, when, in complicity with the OAS (Organization of American States), several groups of power carried out a coup, ignoring the popular will”.

The return to Bolivia takes place the day after the inauguration of the newly elected president of Bolivia, Luis Arce. The result of the election was summarized by Evo Morales himself, on video: “Bolivia has regained its democracy”.

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In his account, of just four minutes, the leader of the Movement for Socialism MAS, the party of Evo and Arce, thanked the President of Argentina, Alberto Fernandez, with whom he met this Monday. Before Evo crossed the border, the Argentine leader declared his “honor to have him among us”. “Long live Argentina, long live Bolivia, long live Latin America,” said Fernandez in a speech. Evo also thanked the support of the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador and the former Brazilian Presidents, Luiz Inácio Lula da SIlva and Dilma Rousseff.

The ex-president must now travel more than a thousand kilometers to the coca leaf production zone in Chimoré, Cochabamba. It was in that region where Evo started his political trajectory and that awaits him with banners and graffiti with the phrase “Volte Evo”. The MAS leader is due to arrive in the city on Wednesday (11). The entire route will be accompanied by about 800 cars and with stops for political acts in three Bolivian departments.

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The city of Villazon celebrates this Monday (9), with the return of Evo Morales (Photo: Alba TV)
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Evo Morales is welcomed by the population of Villazon, from where he continues to Chocabamba (Photo: Alba TV)

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Argentine President contaminated by covid-19 and fulfills isolation

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São Paulo – The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, informed on social media that he tested positive for covid-19, after showing symptoms of the disease. He said he is in isolation and has warned people with whom he has had contact in the past 48 hours. And he also reported that he had 37.3ºC of fever, in addition to feeling a slight headache.

The announcement was made this Saturday (3), the day after Fernández turned 62. “For everyone’s information, I am physically well and, although I wanted to end my birthday without this news, I am also in a good mood,” said the president.

He received the first dose of the vaccine (Sputnik) in January. The second, the following month. “I’m fine, I don’t have any symptoms. Only this fever from yesterday that I reported ”, he declared to the newspaper Clarín. “It is a very complicated virus, and the demonstration is that I got infected, even though I was vaccinated with both doses and with extreme care,” he added.

Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who received the second dose of the vaccine today, sent a message of support to “Daqui do Brasil I send good energy, hoping for its prompt recovery. May soon overcome this disease to continue caring for the Argentine people. Hugs, mate! ”He wrote.

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