Bolivian Government Denounces Attempted Coup D’éTat

The head of state calls for respect for democracy.

The president of Bolivia, Luis Arce Catacora, denounced this Wednesday irregular mobilizations of Bolivian military units.

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Local media in the area have reported the movement of at least 8 military tankettes, full of armed soldiers, in the areas of Plaza Murillo where the Government Palace and the Plurinational Legislative Assembly are located.

Through the social network X, the head of state said: We denounce irregular mobilizations of some units of the Bolivian Army. Democracy must be respected».

The vice president of Bolivia, David Choquehuanca, also denounced this fact «against our democratically elected government».

Denunciamos movilizaciones irregulares de algunas unidades del Ejército Boliviano. La democracia debe respetarse.

— Luis Alberto Arce Catacora (Lucho Arce) (@LuchoXBolivia) June 26, 2024

The text reads,
We denounce irregular mobilizations of some units of the Bolivian Army. Democracy must be respected.

The irregular military are masked, provocative and violent. The soldiers are part of the Bolivian armed forces and are led by General Juan José Zúñiga, leader of the Bolivian armed forces.

The Minister of Government, Eduardo del Castillo, went there and tried to communicate with members of one of the military vehicles, inside which was the general Zúñiga.

Del Castillo tried to find out who gave the order to move the military contingent and asked Zúñiga for explanations.

Zúñiga entered the Government Palace and said that all forces are mobilized», demanding a total change of cabinet. He then returned to the inside of the tank parked in Plaza Murillo.

#ENVIVO| El presidente de #Venezuela, @NicolasMaduro ofrece declaraciones: llamamos al pueblo de #Bolivia a defender su democracia, su Constitución y a su presidente @LuchoXBolivia al pueblo de #Bolivia todo el apoyo del pueblo de #SimónBolívar
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— teleSUR TV (@teleSURtv) June 26, 2024

Later, the Minister of Public Works, Edgar Montaño, said that «what we Bolivians are going to do is defend all of Bolivia and its inhabitants», recalling that democracy had already been restored.

According to teleSUR correspondent Freddy Morales, the number of soldiers in Plaza Murillo is high. They shut down revenue to this area and prevent journalists from working.

Denunciamos a la comunidad Internacional que en Bolivia hay un Golpe de Estado contra nuestro Gobierno democráticamente elegido.

— David Choquehuanca (@LaramaDavid) June 26, 2024

The text reads,
We denounce to the International community that in Bolivia there is a Coup d’état against our democratically elected Government.

For her part, the Minister of the Presidency, María Nela Prada, denounced «to the Bolivian people and the international community an attempted coup d’état here in the Plurinational State of Bolivia», and reported that «have taken the four corners, inside the square Murillo and in the front of the Government Palace».

The minister indicates that outside the Plurinational Legislative Assembly there are troops taking the whole street that do not allow entry to that institution.

“We must avoid this”, as well as the repetition of a coup d’état in the country that could end in other tragedies.

Bolivia was the scene of a coup in November 2019. It was organized by the U.S. and the local right with the complicity of the Organization of American States (OAS).

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