The national government denounced that Argentine legislators were “mistreated” and one of them – the deputy Federico Fagioli- illegally detained when he arrived last night in La Paz, Bolivia, to fulfill tasks as overseers in the elections that will be held tomorrow in that country.
“Argentine legislators were mistreated when they arrived in La Paz to fulfill their duties as overseers of the elections next Sunday. It is the direct responsibility of the de facto government of @JeanineAnez to preserve the integrity of the Argentine delegation,” said President Alberto Fernández this morning. on his Twitter account.
The president shared on the social network the story of the national deputy Leonardo Grosso, who is part of the Argentine delegation, who told on his Twitter account how the events occurred when he arrived in the Bolivian capital last night.
“We were invited by the President of the Bolivian Senate, Eva Copa, as overseers of international electoral accompaniment for the elections on Sunday. Upon arrival, we passed the Cochabamba Airport without any problem, but when we arrived in La Paz they detained us,” said Grosso .
He also reported that they “illegally retained the national deputy Federico Fagioli:” We came to ensure fair elections and democratic frameworks! We hold the government of @JeanineAnez responsible for our security, “said Grosso in his post.
For its part, the Argentine Foreign Ministry said this morning -in a statement- that the Argentine government “demands that the de facto government of Jeanine Añez be held responsible for the illegal detention” of Deputy Fagioli who “traveled to the Plurinational State of Bolivia in character as an overseer of the next elections “.
He also asks that “they take responsibility for the health of the Argentine embassy official, Lucas De María, who had an asthma attack in the middle of the conflict.”
In addition to Grosso and Fagoli, the Argentine delegation that traveled to Bolivia to participate as observers in tomorrow’s elections is made up of the national deputy Paula Penacca and Senator Guillermo Snopek.
All of them “were invited to participate as observers of the elections by the president of the Plurinational Legislative Assembly of Bolivia, Eva Copa,” the Foreign Ministry said in its statement.
The national deputy Federico Fagioli said from the Bolivian capital that the de facto government of that country “could have tried” to kidnap him, but that this did not materialize “thanks to international pressure and the staff of the Argentine embassy”, when he arrived last night at La Paz as a member of a delegation of observers for tomorrow’s general elections.
“Yesterday the de facto government did not want to let me enter Bolivia despite being part of an Argentine delegation of legislators invited to witness tomorrow’s elections, and at one point I suspected that they wanted to kidnap me, because they tried to get me into an unofficial van at the La Paz airport, ”Fagioli said in dialogue with Radio Nacional.
The legislator reported: “We had perfectly entered the country through Cochabamba, without problems, and then we took an air connection to La Paz, and there everything got complicated with me, because they did not want me to stay, they wanted to expel me and have me sign a paper where I was he was responsible for having committed crimes against humanity, a madness ”.
Along these lines, Fagioli -in dialogue from the Argentine Embassy in La Paz- added that “basically they alleged that I had been in Bolivia last November and that I had committed crimes against humanity, but the truth is that I came with a commission of Peace that came to do interviews with people and human rights organizations to make a report on the situation.
In this context, the national deputy said that “at one point they took us out of the airport with the intention of getting into an unofficial red van, together with an official from our embassy, Luca De María, who never left me and suffered attacks, and there I thought they wanted to kidnap me, because they brought in a lot of police force that constantly threatened and ran over them ”.
Finally, Fagioli reported that “thanks to the efforts of our diplomats and international pressure, they allowed me to enter the country, without signing that regrettable paper, and we went to the Argentine Embassy, where we are now.”
Fagioli announced that in the course of the morning the members of the Argentine delegation will have “a meeting to evaluate everything that happened, including in contact with our Foreign Ministry, and see how we continue our task here, if we stay or leave.”
Bolivia accused intentions of destabilizing
The Bolivian Government Minister, Arturo Murillo, has warned of the entry of “Spaniards, Argentines and Americans” into the country with the intention of destabilizing, a notice issued a few hours before the start of the general elections this Sunday.
“We are not going to allow it, whoever it is we are going to put little legs for home,” said Murillo after referring to the arrival of “small groups” from abroad to “put their little things together.”
“We have them clearly identified, where they are, where they are moving, what they are eating, what they are drinking, we are taking care of them, they will not even be able to assault or rob anyone, we are taking care of them,” he said.
“Lefties meet quickly to see how they convulse and by whom are they paid? By (Venezuelan President Nicolás) Maduro, by Cubans, trained and paid by them,” he stressed.
In addition, Murillo has assured that after the elections the Government will guarantee that the votes of whoever wins the elections are respected and that the only ones who should be concerned are those who intend to convulse the country.
“We are going to take care of their vote for the winner, no one has to be worried about those who have a chance of winning the electoral fair. Those who have to be worried are those who want to make some kind of convulsion,” he said.
“They should be concerned because both the National Police, the Armed Forces are in a state of readiness, we are going to take care of the ballot boxes, we are going to take care of the votes, we are going to be all over the country and whoever wants to play the funny thing, is going to meet the arm of justice “, has riveted Murillo.
This Sunday presidential and legislative elections are held in Bolivia to close the open crisis after the resignation and exile of President Evo Morales after losing the support of the Police and the Army, giving rise to a wave of riots that resulted in more than 30 killed in clashes between their supporters and detractors and with the security forces.
After Morales left the country, the second vice president of the Senate, Jeanine Áñez, assumed the position of president of the country with a political line radically different from that of Morales’s Movement Toward Socialism.