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Bolivia’s Morales: Some lawmakers barred from assembly

Former president calls move to prevent some socialist lawmakers from entering parliament building ‘racist’ and ‘illegal’

Sierra Juarez   | 14.11.2019
Bolivia’s Morales: Some lawmakers barred from assembly


Former Bolivian President Evo Morales said Wednesday that some socialist lawmakers were prevented from entering the country’s parliamentary assembly. 

On Bolivian national television, video footage from the capital La Paz appeared to show police preventing lawmakers from Morales’  Movement for Socialism party from entering the government building. 

“Today, lawmakers of the people have been brutally repressed and prevented from entering the Assembly. The racist and fascist coup plunges into illegality,” Morales said on Twitter. 

Conservative Senator Jeanine Anez declared herself interim president Tuesday. The same day, Morales’ supporters showed up in La Paz to protest his resignation. 

“La Paz has become a field of military and police repression against the people that denounce the coup [against me],” Morales tweeted. 

In another tweet, Morales said he believes the pushback against him is an “economic and political conspiracy” that comes from the United States. 

Bolivia underwent weeks of upheaval after Morales was poised to start his fourth term as president. He stepped down Sunday amid protests over the results of his reelection in October, with some Bolivians believing they were rigged.

After he resigned, Morales requested political asylum from Mexico. Before leaving, he tweeted that he would eventually return to Bolivia with more “strength and energy.”

He arrived in Mexico on Tuesday afternoon.

“If my people ask, we’re ready to go back. We’ll return sooner or later…to pacify Bolivia,” Morales said in Mexico on Wednesday. 

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