Cooperatives and transporters announce protests against the anti-legitimation law

The National Cooperative Federation of Bolivia (Concobol) rejected the bill against the legitimation of illegal profits and the financing of terrorism, they warned that it would be used to attack the political opponents of the MAS government. El Alto public transport also rejected the law, giving the government 72 hours to repeal the ordinance.

Concobol’s top chairman, Braulio Arguedas, confirmed his remarks on the content of the bill questioned by various manufacturing sectors, arguing that it was a norm contrary to the state’s political constitution and the cooperative law, citing as an example Article 3.

“This law is used to attack the government’s political opponents and citizens who disagree with the government’s policies and actions,” Arguedas said in a statement to Radio Compañera.

The previous evening, the organizations that bring together cooperative members who are dedicated to mining gold rejected the bill and allowed the government to annul the National Strategy Act against the Legitimization of Illegal Profits and the bill that bears the same name as is found until next week in the Senate.

“You already know when cooperative members will take action, Mr. Evo Morales and Mr. Luis Arce know well,” he warned, recalling that there are 4 million cooperative members in different departments, “the action we are taking will be to adopt be energetic, “he said.

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He regretted that the MAS continues to defend a bill that violates the fundamental rights of citizens, showing that the MAS legislators are ignorant of the legislation and that their choice is due to their loyalty to the MAS.

Arguedas questioned that this bill “establishes the civil death of a person” if handled through a simple complaint in an inappropriateness manner; but also “financial death” is achieved because they keep their bank accounts.

He considers it serious that the persons obliged or the complainant are inviolable, ie if an accused person turns out to be innocent, those responsible for the complaint will not be prosecuted. In other words, the state won’t even compensate for the damage.

Arguedas recalled this Monday that this sector, when Evo Morales was elected president in 2006, supported the so-called process of change, but questioned the current form of government of President Luis Arce.

“Today we don’t understand what is happening to this government, why it is passing laws that run counter to the interests of the social movements that brought it to power. Either we think about the president (Luis Arce) and the cabinet to get consensual To legislate. ” or I repeat, we go to see on the streets and in battle and there we will see who wins, ”said Arguedas.

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I also call on the government to pass a law to collect taxes on coca producers and confiscate their drug trafficking assets.

“Why not pass a special law so that coca farmers pay taxes and take away (their) assets that they keep illegally due to drug trafficking,” arguedas said.

Transport company

The Andean Association of Drivers of El Alto declared itself in a state of emergency and rejected the law against the legitimation of illegal profits. The leader of the sector, Víctor Tarqui, warned of a violent strike and 72 hours were given to cancel.

The leaders even assured that if they do not receive responses, they will block the city streets.

“We have declared ourselves a state of emergency and we are firmly against this bill because it is totally threatening. There are already laws against drug traffickers and money laundering, absolutely all laws and they cannot fool us,” said Tarqui.

Several sectors are currently opposed to the law, including the El Alto unions that marched in La Paz yesterday.


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