National opposition MPs, lawyers and other political actors question the measures taken by the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) through its social organizations and members of institutions such as the police to prevent free movement in the country, which is contrary to the political constitution of the state (CPE) and other standards.
The MP José Carlos Gutiérrez, chairman of the Creemos Bank, pointed out that the parliamentary opposition delegation traveling to Potosí was attacked by the government ministry, even with dynamite.
“We were practically ambushed by the government ministry in Betanzos, a city in Konapaya (…). Every day, including in the press, we have fewer opportunities to act and work. They are shot dead in Las Londras, for example, and there is impunity for the ‘masistas’ and related groups, ”he said.
In this regard, lawyer Ramiro Cárdenas points out that these government measures violate articles of the Magna Carta, including paragraph 21 in paragraph 7, which states that “Bolivia have the following rights: freedom of residence, permanent and movement”. throughout the Bolivian territory, including the exit and entry into the country ”.
In this context, MP Gutiérrez pointed out that “this is a clear dictatorial stance on the part of the government because its permanent coordination with irregular armed groups that impede movement is evident”.
On Tuesday the National Freedom and Justice Summit and a town hall took place in Potosí, but not everyone was able to come to the event.
When they learned that Luis Fernando Camacho was leaving, groups of peasants connected to the MAS blocked the Sucre-Potosí motorway, preventing not only the arrival of the governor of Santa Cruz at the imperial villa, but also the Central Committee leader Carlos Mesa. and that of the bourgeois Rómulo Calvo, who stayed halfway.
Creemos’ deputy, Erwin Bazán, reported that they had been trying to reach Potosí via the main road for several hours; In the Betanzos sector, however, there was a blockade, which was promoted by the MAS with precise planning.
They blocked the main road and deployed intelligence officers on the alternative dirt roads. “On the alternative highways that run through the communities, plainclothes intelligence officers chased us in unidentified vehicles, took photos, made videos, made phone calls where we were passing, reported our location and the question is who? Did you report our location? To the farmers who set up blockades in all communities to prevent us from passing through, ”he denounced in an interview with Red Uno.
Political scientist Patricia Velasco recalled that free movement is recognized by the doctrine as free movement and is included in the constitution.
The government encouraged the confrontation
In the last few months of this year, particularly in November, the ruling MAS party encouraged the mobilization of like-minded groups to confront citizens who protested against regulations the government was trying to enforce.
Luis Arce and David Choquehuanca called on their supporters to defend their government, which was allegedly endangered by a “coup”.
The shock groups staged violent clashes to avoid blockades and protests against the government.
These groups left with sticks, stones and nooses in Santa Cruz, Potosí, Tarija and Oruro, the site of confrontations between those blocking the streets and those trying to relieve pressure.