Bolivia arrests US female protégée who staged a coup d’état

Bolivia arrests US female protgée who staged a coup d’état

Bolivia arrests US female protégée who staged a coup d'état

The leader of the opposition, Janine Agnes, who took over as president after overthrowing Evo Morales, has been arrested for organising a coup d’état.

As News Front reported, in 2019, the Bolivian opposition, with US assistance, staged a coup d’état in the country. The cause of the protests was cited as the results of an electoral process that resulted in the victory of Evo Morales.

Morales’ leadership was justified by real popular support. During his presidency, which began in 2006, he significantly boosted the country’s economy, raised the minimum wage and reduced unemployment. At the same time, he was an opponent of the neo-colonisation of Latin America by the United States, which played a crucial role in his ouster. On 10 November 2019, he was forced to resign and his seat was taken by the Washington-pleasing Janine Añez.

Agnès ruled for about a year, notorious for repression and racist violence. This ruined her chances of winning the early election. As a consequence, Luis Arce, an associate of the deposed Morales, became head of state.
Now it has become known that the US protégée has been arrested. She was detained in Trinidad and flown to the capital La Paz, where Añez, suspected of organising the coup, appeared before a prosecutor.

“This is an insult,” she said.

At the same time, Añez called the riots that the opposition had staged in Bolivia to seize power a “constitutional succession”. She also called on the European Union to send a mission to Bolivia to assess what she called “illegal detention”.

Añez was not the only coup plotter to be arrested. Warrants have been issued for the detention of more than a dozen former officials. Among them are several former ministers and military commanders who have demanded Morales’ resignation.

New Justice Minister Ivan Lima says Añez is facing charges related to her actions as an opposition senator, not as a former president. Interior Minister Eduardo del Castillo added that the case arose from criminal proceedings for conspiracy and sedition


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