Police on Wednesday arrested Luis Fernando Camacho, the principle opposition chief in Bolivia, who can also be the governor of the Santa Cruz area, in a dramatic transfer that’s sure to extend political tensions and will result in renewed social unrest.
The federal government of the South American nation has not launched particulars of what costs Camacho, whose area is Bolivia’s richest and a stronghold of the opposition’s arrest, has confronted.
Authorities Minister Carlos Eduardo del Castillo wrote solely on social networks, “We inform the Bolivian folks that the police have executed an arrest warrant towards Mr. Luis Fernando Camacho.”
Shortly after the motion, the governor of Santa Cruz stated in a press launch that Camacho was “kidnapped in a fully irregular police operation and was taken to an unknown location.”
Camacho was arrested close to his dwelling, the press launch stated.
Supporters attempt to blockade airports
A video of the arrest posted on social media confirmed Camacho handcuffed on the facet of the street alongside police who had been holding weapons.
Martin Camacho, the governor’s lawyer, instructed the native newspaper El Deber that his shopper is being taken to the capital of La Paz to reply questions in instances opened towards him.
A video posted on social media confirmed dozens of his supporters descending on two native airports to attempt to stop the governor’s switch, though it was unclear if he was nonetheless there.
Led a strike towards the federal government
The federal government launched a number of judicial actions towards Camacho, together with one for calling a strike towards President Luis Arce’s nationwide administration in November that lasted 36 days. He faces costs of rise up, treason and corruption, amongst others.
Camacho is the chief of the opposition alliance Creemos, which interprets to “We Imagine” in English.
His position as chief of the opposition was cemented in November, when he led the strike towards the federal government. The act being pushed requires a nationwide census to be carried out in 2023, which might probably give Santa Cruz extra tax income and seats in Congress and due to this fact extra affect within the nation’s political choices.
Camacho was additionally a pacesetter within the massive protests in 2019 that compelled then-President Evo Morales from energy after elections the Group of American States stated had been marred by fraud. Morales was searching for his fourth consecutive re-election.
The 2019 protests led to social unrest that resulted in 37 deaths and pushed Bolivia into its most critical institutional disaster lately.