In the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra this Monday, various civil representatives, opposition politicians and activists gathered to form a unitary bloc and ratified the national strike against the government for October 11th.

The meeting took place on the premises of the Santa Cruz Citizens Committee in the heart of Santa Cruz at the so-called “National Summit for Unity and Defense of Freedom and Democracy”.

“The organizations represented at this summit form the new bloc of unity and democracy in the face of the attempt to deprive us of our rights, for which we are taking the necessary measures in front of the entire Bolivian people in order to consolidate a dictatorship or the return of the dictators.” said the President of the Pro Santa Cruz Citizens Committee, Rómulo Calvo, in one of the conclusions.

Attended the meeting was attended by the National Committee for the Defense of Democracy (Conade), the Governor of Santa Cruz, Luis Fernando Camacho; Carolina Ribera, daughter of former President Jeanine Añez; Legislators of the Citizen Community (CC), Creemos and others

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“We join the national civil strike called by the Bolivian trade union federation on October 11, 2021,” says another point.

The so-called “unity bloc” decided to require the government to stop the persecution and violation of rights through the use of the judiciary and the public prosecutor’s office against opposition politicians and to release political prisoners.

It called for an end to the persecution of the governor of Santa Cruz and the mayors of La Paz, Iván Arias, and of Cochabamba, Manfred Reyes Villa, and “any other subnational authority established by referendum”.

The same treatment has been requested in the case of the police, the military and members of the Cochala Youth Resistance (RJC), and the “immediate” release of former President Jeanine Añez, who said her rights have been “violated” since her arrest be.

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Calvo announced that it would encourage citizens’ actions to elect new public prosecutor and judiciary authorities with the participation of civil society.

“All actions, strikes, marches and other measures aimed at defending the rights of Bolivians are supported in order to guarantee the unity and national interests of all departments,” he said.

He called for the legislature to end the bill against the legitimation of illegal profits, the financing of terrorism and the financing of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction or unconventional means.

In addition to the repeal of the sanitary emergency law, commercial register, promotions to the police, as these are viewed as “unconstitutional” and “violate” the rights and guarantees of all citizens.


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