The Government of Bolivia denounced this friday actions “separatists”, “racists” and of “outrage” against the Wiphala, carried outby the authorities of Santa Cruz during a ceremony for the anniversary of that department, administered by the opposition Luis Fernando Camacho.
In commemoration of the 211 years of the founding of that territorial entity, the president of the Civic Committee for Santa Cruz, Rómulo Calvo, turned his back on national parliamentarians of the ruling party and sprayed the places they occupied in the ceremony with alcohol.
In another part of the event, supporters of the Creemos alliance, founded by Camacho, protested at the raising of the multicolored flag that represents indigenous peoples, and which since 2008 is recognized by law as a national symbol of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.
“Get out the Wiphala, it’s an insult!”, “It’s a shame!”they shouted and cheered for the governor. Others responded by accusing Camacho of “assassin”, for being considered an instigator of the coup and the human rights violations committed after the overthrow of Evo Morales in 2019.
Vice President David Choquehuanca, acting president due to the participation of Luis Arce in the UN General Assembly in New York (USA), had to raise the Bolivian flag, but the Santa Cruz authorities did not respect his investiture or the protocol .
Amid the tension, supporters of Camacho raised the flag of the Patujú flower, which represents the identity of indigenous peoples of eastern Bolivia and is a departmental symbol, but not a national one. After a while, his followers they withdrew the Wiphala.
This is the moment in which they removed the wiphala from the Plaza 24 de Septiembre that President David Choquehuanca raised, at the beginning of the commemorative act for the 211 years of the libertarian deed of Santa Cruz. pic.twitter.com/pl682zaxio
In addition to this fact, a wreath of the National Council of Ayllus and Markas del Qullasuyu – an organization of indigenous peoples – was destroyed, whose members were attacked. And at the end of the act, a peasant representative was expelled and flogged in the square.
As a result of what happened, the Bolivian Minister of Justice and Institutional Transparency, Iván Lima, ad at a press conference that will begin a process in court for the crimes of racism and discrimination, which the Prosecutor’s Office and the Police will investigate to identify the perpetrators.
“But we see a mediate authorship – said Lima -. There was a person who from the first moment He turned his back on the national representatives, who had a hate speech and who constantly talks about the fact that there are human beasts in the country. I am referring to Romulo Calvo. The attitude that he took is what has triggered the situation, “he said.
A “separatist” law passed in Santa Cruz
On the other hand, the official linked the events to a recent regulation, approved by the legislature of the richest region of Bolivia, which gives it the power to appoint authorities that are of national concern.
The Departmental Assembly of Santa Cruz, he argued, passed a law that, in “a grave affront to the unity of the country,” constitutes “an indication of the crime of separatism.” That “cannot be admitted”, warned the holder of Justice.
As explained, by a questioned regional law, the Santa Cruz Assembly is assigned powers to draw up lists of appointments of authorities such as the departmental prosecutor, representatives of the Ombudsman, the Comptroller’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office, electoral and judicial members and an anti-corruption director.
“The Plurinational Legislative Assembly of Bolivia is the only body that can legislate on these issues, and the usurpation of these powers constitutes a violation of the Political Constitution of the State, the laws and rules of public order,” he said.
Finally, he announced that, pending a prompt ruling from the Constitutional Court (TCP), the Government of Luis Arce declares on “emergency situation” and urges Camacho not to enact a law that would put Santa Cruz in contempt of national administrative, judicial and electoral bodies.