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Youth was instrumental in restoring democracy, says Luis Arce

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São Paulo – Youth was instrumental in restoring democracy in Bolivia, says the country’s president, Luis Arce, after the coup in November 2019, which removed Evo Morales from power after winning the elections.

Elected in 2020 with broad popular support, thanks to the mobilization of young people on the social networks that supported his party, the MAS (Movement for Socialism), to overthrow the coup in the country, Arce believes that what happened in Bolivia was a awareness of what is in fact a dictatorship.

Evo Morales’ initial downfall was due to the speech planted by the right, that Evo was a dictator, since he was re-elected for the fourth time. That was a fuel for the demonstrations at that time, explains Arce, in an interview with TVT, in partnership with CUT, on Thursday night (25).

However, when the repression of popular demonstrations against the coup produced about 40 deaths and the young people realized that their rights were under attack, a climate of change in the country began to emerge, led by youth in favor of Luis Arce’s candidacy. “Young people note that the deaths were the product of the very hard repression of the coup government, carried out to placate the demonstrations against the coup. They (the coup leaders) repressed, imprisoned, tortured movement leaders, in a total violation of human rights, ”said Arce.

In the interview, Arce also makes reference to the persecutions
to young people on social networks, just to the contrary
to the coup government. “It all showed the exact opposite of what had happened
imagined that he would be a dictator, and began to live within the coup government
a real dictatorship ”, said the president, referring to the change of
political awareness in the country, which led to his victory in the 2020 elections.

Latin America

Arce also discussed in the interview the political transformations in the
Latin America, mainly regarding the clash between neoliberalism and the
social inclusion governments. According to Arce, the population has opted for socialist and
social well-being to the detriment of economic neoliberalism, considering the
election results, as was the case in Argentina and Mexico.

It is very interesting what happened with Argentina and Mexico ”, he said. The recovery of a right-wing government that existed in Argentina with (Maurício) Macri for the companion (Alberto) Fernández, who now governs, is an element that makes us think that the neoliberal model could not reinvent itself and adapt to the new changes ”.

Arce also cites the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico as another example of electoral change that suggests the population’s preference for leftist governments. According to him, changes may still occur in Ecuador, which is currently undergoing a delicate election, and also in Chile, currently governed by Sebastián Piñera, a right-wing government allied to Brazil by Jair Bolsonaro.

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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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