Tens of 1000’s took to the streets of a minimum of 4 Bolivian cities on Monday evening to protest towards the detention of conservative former President Jeanine Anez, who was charged with fomenting a coup that led to the overthrow of longtime left-wing chief Evo Morales.

Native media reported that protesters gathered within the cities of La Paz, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz and Trinidad to denounce the arrest of Anez and that of two of her former cupboard members on Saturday.

Footage circulating on social media from Santa Cruz, a stronghold of right-wing help in Bolivia, confirmed 1000’s of individuals gathered within the metropolis’s most important sq. waving flags and chanting “Freedom, freedom!”

“We demand that every one political prisoners be launched instantly and that the persecution stop, as a result of if not tomorrow we will probably be within the streets,” civic chief Romulo Calvo reportedly stated throughout a fiery city corridor in Santa Cruz held earlier than the protest.

1000’s gathered in the principle sq. of Santa Cruz, Bolivia on March 15, 2021 [Lesly Moyano/Reuters]

A decide on Sunday ordered Anez to four months of preventive jail on costs of terrorism, sedition and conspiracy in relation to Morales’s elimination from energy in 2019. On Monday, Ivan Lima, the minister of justice, stated further costs towards her over alleged monetary corruption and human rights violations dedicated throughout her one-year tenure as interim president had been offered to the state legal professional basic’s workplace.

“What we count on isn’t a four-month detention, we’re in search of a 30-year [prison] sentence as a result of there have been bloody massacres, there have been households, fathers and moms who’ve been left with out their kids,” Lima stated in an interview with the Bolivian nationwide tv.

Anez, 53, a conservative Senator stepped in as president of the Andean nation after weeks of nationwide violent protests that erupted following the October 2019 elections which had been marred by allegations that Morales had rigged the vote to safe a controversial fourth term in workplace.

Amid strain from the armed forces, Morales, his vp and different senior members of his administration resigned and fled the nation. Morales and his supporters say he was the sufferer of an organised coup.

Jeanine Anez in a automobile earlier than being transported to a ladies’s jail in La Paz, Bolivia [Manuel Claure/Reuters]

Anez has rejected {that a} coup befell, arguing that it was “a constitutional succession as a consequence of electoral fraud”. She has denounced her arrest and the costs towards her as politically motivated.

“They’re sending me to 4 months in detention to await the trial over a ‘coup’ that by no means occurred,” Anez stated in a tweet on Sunday.

Anez had initially pledged to function a caretaker president and organise a rerun of the contaminated elections. However throughout her time in workplace, she cracked down on Morales supporters and introduced her personal candidacy for president.

However help for Anez’s administration dwindled amid criticism over its dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic, allegations of corruption and the imposition of latest legal guidelines that rights teams stated constituted human rights abuses.

She suspended her presidential marketing campaign in September and a month later, the Motion In the direction of Socialism, Morales’s left-wing get together gained 55 p.c of the vote, paving the best way for his return. Luis Arce, Morales’s pick, turned president a month later.

Morales and his supporters say that Anez’s arrest is the start of justice for the killings of greater than 30 protesters by safety forces following his elimination, in addition to the arrest of tons of of others.

Translation: For justice and reality for the 36 lifeless victims, the greater than 800 injured and greater than 1,500 illegally detained in the course of the coup. That the authors and accomplices of the dictatorship that looted the financial system and attacked life and democracy in Bolivia have to be investigated and punished.

The most recent developments in Bolivia have drawn concern from the Group of American States (OAS) over “the abuse of authorized mechanisms that when once more have been remodeled into devices of repression by the governing get together”.

“The Bolivian judicial system isn’t ready to supply the minimal ensures of a good trial,” Luis Almagro, the OAS secretary basic, stated in a statement on Monday.

The assertion additionally known as for “the liberation of all these detained on this context, till neutral processes and mechanisms might be put in place to find out duties”.

Brazil’s far proper President Jair Bolsonaro denounced Anez’s arrest, calling it “completely unreasonable.”

“We’re involved by the occasions happening in Bolivia, our neighbour and brother nation, the place former President Jeanine Anez and different authorities had been arrested on the grounds of participation in a coup, which appears completely unreasonable to us,” he stated on Tuesday throughout a summit for South American presidents, held just about.

“We hope that Bolivia will keep the rule of legislation and democratic coexistence,” Bolsonaro stated.

Native media reported that Roxana Lizarraga, who served as minister of communications in Anez’s authorities, has requested asylum in Peru.