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Leftist Riots Against Socialist President Cause $680 Million in Economic Damages to Bolivia

Bolivia’s economy suffered Supporters of former Bolivian socialist president Evo Morales rioted for 10 days against the socialist government of Mr. Morales’ “disowned” successor Luis Arce, resulting in $680 million. The above losses occurred.

The ongoing protests are linked to Mr. Arce and Mr. Morales, who despite being ineligible to run for president, are attempting to re-rule Bolivia in defiance of the constitution’s explicit two-term limit. It shows that a new chapter is entering the cracks.

The rioters are demanding that the Bolivian government replace the members of the Supreme Court with new elections. The judge’s conditions were as follows: Extended It has expired due to disagreements in the ruling Movement for Socialism (MAS) parliament. Bolivia’s constitution allows voters to choose top-level judges.

Protests erupted on January 22, weeks after Bolivia’s Constitutional Court. disqualification Morales declined to run for a fifth term, reaffirming that Bolivia’s constitution only allows a person to serve as president or vice president of Bolivia for a maximum of two terms.

Coca farmers who are supporters of former Bolivian President Evo Morales marched from La Paz on January 24 in Cochabamba, Bolivia, to demand the resignation of the judge who disqualified Morales from running in next year’s presidential election. The highway leading to Cochabamba was closed. 2024. (Pablo Rivera/AFP via Getty)

Morales ruled Bolivia for four terms from 2006 to 2019, and managed to accomplish the feat after forcing a court to issue a questionable ruling in 2017 that presidential term limits were a “violation” of human rights. . The controversial ruling came after Morales called for a referendum in 2016 to amend the constitution by removing presidential term limits. We’re screwed pass.

Helped by a 2017 court ruling, Morales sought to stay in power in a widely considered presidential election. fraudulentExtensive evidence of wrongdoing sparked widespread protests and international condemnation, and Morales voluntarily resigned in response and fled to Mexico with his entire cabinet.

This year, in retaliation for his disqualification in January, Morales ordered His supporters violently protested and imposed a blockade in Bolivia, disrupting the country’s normal socio-economic activities, shortage. As a result of the lockdown, truck drivers are unable to deliver produce to its final destination, resulting in food spoiling.

Morales has made his decision conditional on an end to protests over new elections to replace the country’s top judges, including some who were disqualified from running for president again in January.

Marcelo Montenegro, Minister of Economy of Bolivia dealt with The country said on Wednesday that the protests and blockade were causing “economic damage” to Bolivia, while also affecting “the seriousness of Bolivia’s exporters.”

The economy minister also explained that the lockdown is hurting Bolivia’s tourism industry ahead of the annual Oruro Carnival, scheduled for next week. The Oruro Carnival was held in the eponymous city. declared It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an important activity for the city’s economy.

“It’s strange that the lockdown is coming from the leaders.” [Morales] Born in Oruro. He has an impact on his division,” Montenegro commented. “Province” is a Bolivian term that refers to a regional division and is similar to a state or province.

In the Bolivian city of Cochabamba, local milk producers, whose trade has been disrupted by a blockade, rallied against protesters on Tuesday. caveat Around 310,000 liters of milk per day is at risk of being wasted due to the lockdown, as producers do not have the necessary infrastructure to store it and are unable to ship it due to the lockdown.

Jorge Coca Orellana, vice president of the Cochabamba Milk Producers Association, said: “We want the blockade to be lifted once and for all, because it is hurting our more than 2,000 dairy farmers.” Ta. Said local media. “And we would like the authorities to inform us of our refusal and resolve this dispute once and for all. Otherwise, if there is no solution within 48 hours, there is no other solution. Since there is no “alternative, we will have to unblock it ourselves.” “

Similarly, banana producers in Cochabamba report It is reported that exports to Argentina are currently frozen due to the blockade, with losses exceeding $1 million per day.

“We are wasting so much fruit that the losses amount to millions of dollars per day. We are talking about a million dollars,” said Agustín Conde, chairman of the Tropic Banana Growers in Bolivia. told the newspaper. La Lasson on wednesday.

Since last year, Bolivia’s ruling party Movement Towards Socialism has split into two factions: one led by socialist President Luis Arce, a candidate Morales supported in the 2020 presidential election, and one led by Morales. It is widely divided into

Last year, Mr. Morales and his group managed to carry out an enforcement action. Removal Arce from MAS party composition.

Christian K. Caruso is a Venezuelan writer who chronicles life under socialism. You can follow him on Twitter here.

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