- In the tweets, Morales mentioned Carlos Mesa, former Bolivian president, Luis Fernando Camacho, a Bolivian politician and activist, and Jeanine Áñez, a senator who declared herself interim president.
- Mesa and Morales both blame each other for the recent wave of violence.
- Morales also denounced that the "24 deaths in five days" as "crimes against humanity that should not go unpunished."
Former Bolivian President Evo Morales, through his Twitter handle, said Monday that organizers of the “coup d’état” are trying to blame him for something they are responsible for: the 24 deaths in the protests in Bolivia.
In the tweet, Morales mentioned the names of Carlos Mesa, former Bolivian president, Luis Fernando Camacho, a Bolivian politician and activist who was one of the main perpetrators of the protests, and Jeanine Áñez, a senator who declared herself interim president of Bolivia.
“Carlos de Mesa, complicit in the Camacho coup, tries to blame us for the 24 deaths caused by his self-proclaimed “president” in five days,” he tweeted. “It was he who initiated the upheaval by instigating mobilizations that set fire to houses and electoral courts after losing the election.”
Morales was responding to publication of a new video by Carlos Mesa, where the former presidential candidate is trying to hold Morales responsible for the violence that has been going on in Bolivia lately. In addition, Mesa suggests that the former Bolivian leader “vacated his post when he accepted political asylum” in Mexico, which is why, according to the politician, “a meeting of the Assembly is not necessary to confirm the resignation of [ Morales].”
“The co-author of the coup that has attacked our lives lies and says that I have vacated the Presidency,” Morales tweeted. “Political asylum is not incompatible with the exercise of office. Mesa, Camacho, and Áñez are afraid that I will come back to pacify the country because they want to punish the people.”
Repression in Bolivia
This Sunday, Morales also denounced that the “24 deaths in five days” as “crimes against humanity that should not go unpunished.” In this context, Morales demanded “the interim government of Áñez, Mesa, and Camacho to identify the authors” of these deaths.
On November 15, the former president asked the Bolivian Armed Forces and Police to “stop the massacre” in the country after five deaths were reported during a crackdown on a protest against the interim government. “The uniform of the institutions of the Fatherland cannot be stained with the blood of our people.”
Evo Morales resigned from office on November 10 after the Bolivian Armed Forces insisted that he resign. Bolivia has faced a wave of major protests and violence since the contested October 20 elections, which Morales won insists he won fairly, but the opposition pointed out massive irregularities.
Immediately after his resignation, Morales announced on Twitter that he was leaving the country. “Sisters and brothers, I’m leaving for Mexico,” tweeted Morales. He stated that he was grateful to Mexico for granting him political asylum. “It hurts to leave the country for political reasons, but I will always watch. Soon I will return with more power and more energy,” he added.
Bolivia’s acting president, Jeanine Anez, has however stated that Morales will not be allowed to participate in the nation’s new elections. She has also insisted that the former president would be subjected to the rule of law should he come back to the country. Anez insists that Morales should face justice for bangling the nation’s elections as well as corruption charges.