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Bolivian Public Ministry warns against violence

La Paz, Jan 8 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian Attorney General’s Office assured today that it will not tolerate more violent acts, after the looting and burning carried out by paramilitary groups in the city of Santa Cruz against more than 27 public and private institutions.

“As the Public Ministry we are not going to allow these violent acts, which go beyond the constitutionally recognized right to protest, however, we must keep in mind that the rights of one end where the rights of another begin,” said the director of Management Prosecutor, Roberto Almendras.

After the arrest and transfer to the department of La Paz of the governor of Santa Cruz, Luis Fernando Camacho, shock groups related to this politician accused of terrorism in the Coup d’état I case and the Civic Committee of this territory carried out violent attacks against public institutions, two private homes and two private companies.

These operations with high-powered pyrotechnics, Molotov cocktails, and blunt objects caused great havoc at the headquarters of the National Tax Service, police units, Banco Unión branches, the Palace of Justice, the territorial Prosecutor’s Office, and others.

As part of this strategy of destabilizing violence, 45 vehicles were destroyed by flames and 26 police officers were injured, especially in the aggressive wave that was repeated for several nights against the Police Departmental Command headquarters.

An official report estimated at 37 million bolivianos (more than five million dollars) the damages suffered by the headquarters of the Santa Cruz prosecutor’s office, 90 percent incinerated and in danger of collapse, according to experts from the Institute of Forensic Investigations.

According to the Public Ministry, as part of the investigations, 33 people are subject to preventive detention, 22 accused in criminal proceedings, 26 accepted their guilt and have already been sentenced in abbreviated trials, while three have substitute measures and remain free while they progress. the investigations.

After the preventive imprisonment on December 30 of Camacho, accused of terrorism for his participation in the coup that forced the resignation of former President Evo Morales in November 2019, sectors related to the politician demand his release with various measures of force

This aggressiveness prevails despite the fact that the Minister of Government, Eduardo del Castillo, showed at a press conference confirming documentation that Camacho carried out a bank movement of more than four million dollars as part of the plot investigated in Coup d’état I.

To clarify these facts, the highest executive authority from Santa Cruz was summoned four times by the prosecution since 2021, but never came.

Source: Prensa-Latina