– Movement against the hospitalization of a former president involved in a hunger strike
Pro-power protesters prevented Jeanine Annes from being admitted to hospital. The former president has been in prison since March 2021 and began a hunger strike on February 9.
Protesters close to the government in Bolivia on Friday barred former President Jeanine Añez from being admitted to hospital, imprisoned since March 2021 and on a hunger strike since February 9, and a judge ordered his admission to hospital.
Hundreds of supporters of the Presidential Party Movement for Socialism (MAS, Left) surrounded the prison of the former head of state (2019-2020) in La Paz and shouted, “She is not going to leave!” And “Killer!” And “30 years in prison!”
The 54-year-old former president, who considers himself a “political prisoner”, had to undergo “emergency treatment” at a hospital in the capital “because of his deteriorating health”. “If we allow a pressure group to overrule a judge’s decision, we are not really in the position of the law,” said his lawyer, Jorge Walta, who threw eggs at protesters.
Faced with the situation, the director of the prison declared to the court that the transfer of Jeanine Añez was “subject to impossibility” and the judge ordered the doctors to enter the prison to treat her “against her will”.
Accusation of coup in 2019
Critics of Jeanine Añez clashed with police as they tried to remove a tent set up by right-wing supporters of the former president demanding the release of Jeanine Añez. The forces of order finally gave up and the tent was burned. Supporters of the former leader then retreated, throwing eggs at other protesters.
In November 2019, Jeanine Añez was accused of plotting to overthrow left-wing former President Evo Morales (2006-2019). On November 12, 2019, the Conservative senator announced himself as the interim president of Bolivia. Mr. In support of the vacuum of power caused by the resignations of Morales and his constitutional heirs: Vice President, Speaker of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives.
A month ago, Evo Morales faced a wave of opposition after running for re-election for the fourth time. Abandoned by the army and police, he resigned and was deported. After a year in office, Jeanine Añez recognized the victory of Luis Arce, the MAS candidate and dolphin of Evo Morales, in the October 2020 presidential election and gave him power.