The Bolivian Police celebrated their 195th anniversary yesterday amid the dissatisfaction of a section of the institution protesting on the streets against the law governing general careers and promotions in the Bolivian Police. There are also other issues such as the trials of officers accused of mutiny in 2019, which creates discontent in the force and ultimately corruption.
Unlike in other years, the police anniversary celebration was limited to a mass. Due to the pandemic issue, all official acts were suspended and even the treatment of the law in the Senate was postponed until after the parliamentary break. This week they accelerated the adoption of the ordinance by MPs and government minister Eduardo del Castillo said it was an anniversary gift for the institution. The national commander, Jhonny Aguilera, said that the standard “honors the work of the police officer”.
This week, police women on duty in various regions of the country protested against the General Careers Act because it places the government minister as the highest authority in the chain of command.
“What does a civilian have to do with an institution? Nothing, it will be a political order ”, observed the representative of the retired police officers in Cochabamba, Guido Omonte.
The MPs opposition also rejected the norm, believing that commanding a civilian constitutes interference by the executive in the institution of order.
The police commander, Jhonny Aguilera, assured, however, that this law “dignified” the police career. In addition, he denied that this rule would involve “interference” by the executive in this institution.
Meanwhile, the relatives of the ordinary policemen and officials charged with “mutiny” in October and November 2019 have expressed dissatisfaction because they believe that the rules are not being followed.
Corruption and the commission of other crimes are scourges that the Verde Olivo persecutes and cannot get rid of, from robbery and extortion to drug trafficking and rape.
Quintana attacks the law of carriage
Former Minister of the Presidency, Juan Ramón Quintana, questioned the Legislative Assembly about the intention to “reward” the Bolivian police with the approval of the “General Careers and Promotion Act”, a law he does not believe even at the time of this The institution was awarded the dictatorship, all the more so since not a single police officer has been arrested for the events of 2019, which the MAS describes as a coup.
“And the clumsy gathering that ignores the political mafia crowd of police will bring you a triumph today that not even the dictatorship of the police had conceded,” said Quintana during the presentation of the book Bolivia and the geopolitical implications of the coup.
The former minister sharply criticized the parliamentarians who want to pass the law. He believes that this move to enable the police to pursue a career as generals creates a certain embarrassment, confusion and disorientation.
Quintana questioned the intention to implement this rule after police mutinied during Evo Morales’ government in November 2019 and involved in the “coup” in deaths, persecutions and other irregularities.
In the opinion of the ex-authority, the content of this topic should be discussed and it should be taken into account that the police have built “hammer for hammer” over the past 20 years in order to have the same structure as the Bundeswehr.
Message of the church
On the occasion of the 195th anniversary of the Bolivian Police, the President of the Episcopal Conference, Ricardo Centellas, called on the troops to “live in the truth” in a mass he officiated for the institution and told them that “when institutionality is in a country, it is contrary to the truth ”.
Centellas said they will pray that “we as human beings, as Bolivians, may at all times be able to seek, find and live the truth on a personal, family and institutional level”.
He reflected that it is very difficult to live in the truth because of the courage required and the difficulty of seeing mistakes.