Bolivian president to present evidence of coup plans

La Paz - Bolivians await details following the announcement made by President Evo Morales that he will present evidence on plans for a coup d'état.

'I have recordings of the meetings of some supposed civic committees of Cochabamba or La Paz, with some former military personnel or those in passive service, who have met with some members of the Civic Committee of Santa Cruz,' the president announced.

Evo leads the ruling Movement Toward Socialism (MAS), and is seeking re-election this Sunday.

During an interview on the television program 'Detras de la verdad' which will be broadcast in full this Tuesday, Morales warned about the plans to burn down the Casa Grande del Pueblo (seat of the Executive).

He added that he will inform the international observers arriving in Bolivia to follow the development of the elections on October 20 of the evidence, to ensure they are aware of how 'the right conspires against democracy.'

During a campaign closing rally in the department of Potosi last Friday, the president also denounced in a speech that opposition sectors promote a coup while talking about democracy.

Amid a strike called by the so-called Potosino Civic Committee ahead of the upcoming general elections and coinciding with town councils held in Santa Cruz, Cochabamba and La Paz, whose demands are similar to those of the political opposition, Morales explained that these 'coup groups' talk about democracy and accuse the government of dictatorship.

During the act broadcast by the State-owned Bolivia TV channel, a group of protesters were observed who attempted to get onto the presidential stage and were stopped, in response to which the president called on his followers to remain calm and not be provoked.

The first indigenous president of Bolivia even warned that sectors of the opposition are seeking a death to blame on the government, and stressed that the right wants to prevent the industrialization of Potosi.

On the other hand, MAS candidate for senator and lawyer Rogelio Mayta criticized this Monday the ambiguous position of the Citizen Community (CC) alliance, which is backing the candidate Carlos Mesa, speaking on the program 'Sobre la mesa' of the Abya Yala channel.

According to Mayta, that force resorts to 'emotional blackmail' when trying to create insecurity about what might happen if Morales wins.

On the debate program, CC representative Cecilia Requena blamed the government for the alleged mistrust of the electorate regarding possible fraud in favor of the MAS, and alluded to a scenario of civil disobedience in the face of a Morales triumph.

Mayta said that the Bolivian people have sufficient maturity and enjoy economic, political and social stability, to decide whether to preserve the progress over the past 13 years or return to a situation of privatization and hopelessness for the future.

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