Apparently, American conservatives aren’t the only conservatives in the world angry about the treatment of a former president.
According to Breitbart, wide-ranging protests in at least seven cities in Bolivia experienced protests this week after former President Jeanine Áñez was tossed in jail for what leaders of the current political party claim are charges of “terrorism” and “sedition.”
After socialist leader Evo Morales fled from the country in 2019, Áñez, who was a senator at the time of Morales’ hasty departure, was next in the line of succession to assume the presidency. According to Bolivia’s constitution, everything was reportedly done by the book.
Last October, the country held an election in which Luis Arce, the candidate for Morales’ Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party, emerged victoriously. Áñez accepted the victory and vacated the office as required, which should have been the end of the story.
However, prosecutors for the MAS party apparently have a problem with her assumption of presidential duties, slamming her with charges that protesters around the country say are bogus. The narrative being pushed by the current socialist administration is that Áñez was part of a coup to remove Morales, even though Morales very clearly left on his own volition at the time.
For the past few days, thousands of protesters who back Áñez took the streets in virtually every major Bolivian city, holding up Bolivian flags and demanding that Áñez be released from prison.
Bolivians Take to The Streets to Protest Political Arrests
Tens of thousands of people in cities across Bolivia took to the streets on Monday night to protest against the arrest of ex-President Jeanine Anez.#Bolivia #CivilDisorder #fraud #PraesidioLtdhttps://t.co/ZK0x5gRh96 pic.twitter.com/yAq088ddFH
— Praesidio Ltd (@PraesidioLtd) March 16, 2021
Protesters also cried chants of “This isn’t Cuba,” which was a shot at the current socialist regime and the former Morales regime, which reportedly was allied with several communist countries like Venezuela and Cuba.
Only time will tell if pressure from Bolivian citizens is enough to spring Áñez from behind bars, but it’s not looking good, as the judge in charge of the case has ordered that she serve at least four months of “preventative detention,” calling her a “flight risk.”