Thousands of Bolivians demonstrate in support of the government

President Luis Arce waves the indigenous flag during the demonstration in Santa Cruz – AFP

Thousands of Bolivians demonstrated this Tuesday in support of leftist President Luis Arce, who called for the defense of his government “in the streets” against the “coupist” desire of the right.

The demonstration was called in defense of the Arce government (which, according to government officials, is the target of destabilizing plans) and to claim the indigenous flag, the “whipala”, which they say was despised during a public act of the right-wing government in the Santa Cruz region .

Arce, 58, a month away from completing a year in power, participated in public councils in Cochabamba and La Paz, two of the country’s main cities, and was called to participate in a third, in Santa Cruz.

In Cochabamba and La Paz, the left-wing president accused the right of not accepting his victory in last year’s elections, with 55% of the vote. “If they don’t want to respect at the polls, let’s make them respectable in the streets,” the president said, in a fervent speech applauded by supporters.

In most cities, militants of the governing party, MAS, roamed streets and avenues and concentrated in the central squares of regional capitals, to show their political strength.

The acts of support for the government came a day after the opposition demonstrated with marches and street blockades in the main cities of the country.

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