Authorities In Bolivia Have Issued An Arrest Warrant For Former Bolivia President Evo Morales
A month ago, former Bolivia president Evo Morales was all smiles as he left for Mexico. The former leader sought refuge in Mexico after officials said he rigged the election. Morales resigned and fled, but things were looking up for him, at least in Mexico, where he was free and not being arrested for fraud. But his issues are far from over.
Former Bolivia president Evo Morales left Mexico (where he first fled to) and is now in Argentina, but prosecutors back home in Bolivia have issued a warrant for his arrest. And the charges are pretty serious.
Several news reports say that Interior Minister Arturo Murillo is charging Morales with allegations that “he promoted violent clashes that led to 35 deaths during disturbances before and after he left office.” The charges include sedition and terrorism, according to The Guardian.
To explain it in terms that fit our world, the situation for Morales is something like this: If for example Trump resigns from his office and he tells his supporters to raise hell (you can imagine what he would say), and he incited violence that resulted in people’s death. He could be at fault for other people’s actions. So, the charges against Morales are quite possible.
Morales apparently says the charges are a setup, and that he has a right to return to Bolivia.
Morales is seeking to return to Bolivia, but with this warrant, it may be impossible for him to return and get back to his life as usual. According to Democracy Now, in regards to the charges, Morales said, “They need to let me enter Bolivia. I’m not a candidate, I won’t be a candidate in these elections, but I have a right to participate in politics like any politician.”
For a quick refresher, Morales had been the president of Bolivia since 2006 until this year. He’s been accused of dictatorship, and before the last election was called, he stopped voting from being completed. People protested and Morales was eventually ousted and he fled the country.
Jim Shultz, Founder and Executive Director of the Democracy Center, who’s lived in Bolivia and understands the situation there, wrote, “One was what seemed like Morales’ desire to serve as President for Life. When his political party, MAS, wrote a new constitution in 2009, they lifted the long-standing one-term limit on presidents and paved the way for Evo to run for a second term. In 2014 he broke a long-standing pledge not to seek a third term, claiming that his first term didn’t count because it was served under the old constitution. He won once more.”
The main issue here is not just the division of the people, but the corruption of the government.
He also has strong allies both in Mexico and now in his new temporary home in Argentina — not to mention his supporters in Bolivia.
When Morales first left Bolivia after he was ousted from office when officials said he illegally took the presidential office, again, Morales called foul against Bolivia authorities. Back in November, he tweeted, “I denounce to the world and the Bolivian people that a police officer publicly announced that he is instructed to execute an illegal arrest warrant against me; likewise, violent groups assaulted my home. A coup destroys the rule of law.” He added, “After looting and trying to set fire to my house in Villa Victoria, vandalism groups of the Mesa and Camacho coup docked my home in the Magisterio neighborhood of Cochabamba. I am very grateful to my neighbors, who stopped those raids. A coup destroys peace.”
And he’s supporters got angry. They did everything in their power to force authorities to return Morales and reinstate him as president. Some of his supporters demanded his return by arming themselves and blocking roads leaving people on both sides unable to cross.
“If they don’t comply [with our demands], not a single product will reach the city of La Paz. I’m really sorry but this is the decision,” Martin Cornejo, a local organizer said, according to the Guardian. “The people will not rest until Evo Morales Ayma returns.”
Whether Morales returns or not, the former leader is quite active on Twitter and is keeping everyone abreast of his ongoing in Argentina and his plan of action.
Even though Morales is another country he is very much intuned with what is going on in Bolivia. The road of communication is wide open. This week he tweeted about what was going on back home, including how his supporters are being treated. “The young Carlos Cornejo, Leonel Jurado, and Andrea Mamani were illegally arrested, accused of sedition for pasting posters for an act of solidarity with Senkata victims. Before they had organized a carnival. Even the most innocent act is sedition for the coup plotters.”
Time will only tell if he returns to Bolivia and turns himself in. Something tells us it won’t be that easy.