The Bolivian People Continue to Defend Democracy, Evo Morales Says
La Paz, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales said today he was surprised by the spontaneous demonstrations that took place yesterday to defend democracy and the truth after the first anniversary of the February 21 referendum.
'The Bolivian people, who in the past defended democracy, continue to defend it now,' Morales said in a press conference, where he reported that more than half a million people participated in the demonstrations.
Summoned by social organizations, Bolivians took over the streets of La Paz, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, Oruro, Potosí, Tarija and other cities to ratify their support for the president and condemn the campaign of lies that affected the results of the referendum.
On February 21, 2016, Bolivians came to the polls to rule on a modification to the Constitution that would allow the president and vice-president to be re-elected twice on a continuous basis.
In spite of the support that the administration of Morales has historically had, endorsed by the successes in its management, in that day the â€˜No' imposed by a narrow margin to the option of the â€˜Yes' (51 to 49), as a result of a dirty war orchestrated by the right-wing and the embassy of the United States, according to the authorities.
Prior to the voting, US journalist and undercover agent Carlos Valverde accused the president of influence peddling in favor of a former partner of his, Gabriela Zapata, commercial manager of the company CAMC, and assured that they both had a son.
Since that campaign was launched against the president on February 3, until May 16 when Valverde himself admitted in his twitter account that the son of Zapata and Morales did not exist, the government was under siege from the journalistic fraud.
At today's press conference, the president recalled that 'Latin American right-wing under the leadership of the US empire only attacks the progressive and left-wing countries and for this it uses social networks and some media.'
|By the minute||Most read|