A massive march from various sectors of Cochabamba mobilized yesterday in support of Mayor Manfred Reyes Villa, who has a hearing on the Sillar Alternative case this Friday to determine his legal situation and conviction against him.
“I have not committed a crime. It is a political persecution for the result of our efforts, both in the mayor’s office and in the governorship, and now after 13 years they are magically pulling a verdict out of their hat. Is there helplessness again? We ask ourselves. We are here to show our face, ”said Reyes Villa in front of the people who had gathered in Plaza 14 de Septiembre.
“Great support for democracy. More than Manfred we defend democracy and the vote in Cochabamba. Let’s respect and restore the rule of law. Let’s get out of this path of division, ”he said.
Merchants and residents of different parts of the city expressed their support for the mayor with the tricolor, the blue Cochabamba flag and the wiphala in their hands and asked that his vote be respected.
Two weeks ago, the Second Constitutional Chamber of the Departmental Court of Chuquisaca admitted the Amparo lawsuit presented by the defense of Reyes Villa and, as a precautionary measure, suspended the enforcement of the judgment against the Mayor of Cochabamba until his situation was resolved due to his situation, up to five years imprisonment him in the so-called Sillar Alternativo case.
The hearing will take place virtually at 11:00 a.m.
The local council awaits this hearing to make decisions, despite pressure from the MAS bank to deal with the issue in plenary and even to propose the election of a new mayor.
In 2013, Reyes Villa was sentenced to five years in prison for the crime of uneconomical behavior in the case of the construction of the El Sillar section of the Cochabamba-Santa Cruz motorway.