The Bolivian Police detained this Wednesday Luis Fernando Camacho, Governor of Santa Cruz, the largest region and economic engine of the country. The opposition leader was being investigated for his possible participation in the political crisis that devastated the country in 2019when the then president Evo Morales was forced to resign the presidency due to pressure from the Armed Forces.
The resignation of Morales, who also had to leave the country, was followed by the promotion of jeanine anez as head of state. Today Áñez is in prison for this case, known as ‘coup d’état I’ and ‘coup d’état II’. Likewise, part of the pro-government sector has accused Camacho in recent weeks of “terrorism” for having encouraged the strike of more than a month in the department of Santa Cruz, the scene of new protests and blockades, this time to oppose the law. of the census of the Government of Luis Arce.
The Bolivian Prosecutor’s Office has requested six months of preventive detention against Camacho for risk of flight. The Prosecutor’s Office has argued that the governor does not have a “habitual residence” and usually travels frequently to countries such as Brazil, Peru, Panama, the United States, Argentina or Spain, so it is “easy” to leave the country, according to the newspaper. Duty.
The Bolivian opponent, leader of the Creemos platform, this Thursday branded his arrest as “kidnapping” and has ensured that the complaint against him “lacks coherence, credibility and truth.” Likewise, he has specified that he has always been available to the authorities.
After his arrest, there have been protests in Santa Cruz, even reaching roadblocks and airports. Likewise, other representatives of the opposition have demanded their release, warning the Government that they will not “give up” and that they will continue fighting “until the last consequences”.