In 2020 Pope Francis asked Áñez to give safe conduct to the former MAS authorities

The then Bolivian ambassador to the Holy See, Julio César Caballero, sent Foreign Minister Karen Longaric a CS note on January 15, 2020 with a “very urgent” rating, in which he stated that Pope Francis had proposed to ensure safe conduct for former people MAS authorities asylum seekers at the Mexican embassy in La Paz.

The CS note with the classification “very urgent” is dated January 15, 2020 and was sent by the then Bolivian ambassador to the Holy See to Karen Longaric, who is now the former Foreign Minister.

Caballero wrote in Note CS that on January 9, 2020, at 10.30 a.m., he attended the greeting of the Diplomatic Corps to the Holy Father, who on that occasion delivered a message to the government of Jeanine Áñez: “Overcome The Crisis The asylum seeker in the Mexican embassy in the city of La Paz has given the people who are in this diplomatic embassy safe escort, thus consolidating the pacification process and the legislative term initiated by Bolivia.

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During the political clashes of 2019, at least five former Evo Morales ministers and former authorities fled to the residence of the Mexican embassy in the city of La Paz, practically all asylum seekers were investigated after the MAS election victory, many of whom were released.

The government of Jeanine Áñez refused to grant them safe passage on allegations of alleged electoral fraud and the emergence of violence during the political crisis.

Currently, the government and MAS are facing the Bolivian Bishops ‘Conference, which accuses them of being part of an alleged “coup d’état” for promoting dialogue scenarios following Evo Morales’ resignation as president in the middle of the protests following the October 2019 election.

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Recently, in November of that year, CEN presented a detailed report on its role and the details of the dialogue between political and governmental actors. The CEB defends that there was no coup, as the MAS story claims.

Jeanine Áñez and her two former collaborators are currently imprisoned in the “coup” case for sedition, conspiracy and terrorism. The State Ministry announced it would summon 32 people as witnesses and the MAS demanded that the investigation also include mediators of the conflict such as the Bolivian Bishops’ Conference (CEB), the Spanish Embassy and the European Union (EU).

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