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Under mistrust and growth of the extreme right, Bolivia tries to punish coup d’état



São Paulo – “Right now Bolivia is going through a new social upheaval,” warned jurist Paulo Abrão, former National Secretary of Justice in the Dilma Rousseff government and the OAS Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, during the program TVT Brasil Magazine, on Sunday (21). For the analyst, the tension grew after the Justice increased, on Saturday (20), the preventive detention of the ex-president of coup in Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez. To avoid the risk of escape or judicial obstruction, she must remain in detention for up to six months. “The government took concrete actions to hold the perpetrators who were central to Evo Morales’ departure in 2019. An episode that resulted in at least two massacres,” he says, referring to the actions authorized by the coup government by decree, for the Armed Forces to repress protests against the coup. As a result, at least 36 people died. “Eight hundred were injured and there were two hundred arbitrary arrests,” added the analyst.

Confronting democratic discontinuity

However, despite representing a courageous action, since, according to Abrão, “breaks a tradition, in our region, of forgetfulness, pacts and not facing these situations that are severe and very serious of democratic discontinuity”, the attitude of initiating a process of accountability, especially with Jeanine’s arrest, has raised concerns. “The vast majority are against this prison. They understand that this is an attitude that may be surrounded by some criterion of political persecution ”

Another concern, coming from international human rights organizations, is that eventual procedural errors end up canceling the investigation. “And, consequently, in impunity”, which would frustrate the victims of Jeanine Áñez’s government.

Meanwhile, the Andean country is seeing a resurgence of right-wing extremism. In Santa Cruz, the most economically strong state in Bolivia and bordering Brazil, Luis Fernando Camacho was elected governor. “He declared that there is the place of resistance and that the next time they go to La Paz it will be to take power again, in a speech of right-wing extremism with very little commitment to democratic institutions.”

Alarming situation

Paulo Abrão considers the situation alarming, as he looks back
actions such as the so-called youth resistance groups, which are bikers
armed paramilitaries that circulate in the streets, generating social terror. “Everything
this is returning to Bolivia’s political scene right now ”.

For the lawyer, everything will depend on “how the justice system will properly manage and justify due process in the former president’s prison” and the reaction of the rest of the social sectors. He further states that the response to the coup was the electoral result itself. “It was the election of Luis Arce. The population rejected the seizure of power. ”

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Argentine President contaminated by covid-19 and fulfills isolation




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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