This is what Ademar Valda thinks today, for whom those responsible for the 2019 coup d’état in Bolivia must be brought to justice for the crimes they committed and for violation of human rights.
In exclusive statements to the press, the former consul, sociologist and political analyst explained that after the repressive actions of the de facto government headed by Jeanine Áñez there can be no national reconciliation, no peace, with impunity.
This would be awful for the families who lost family members after President Evo Morales’s (2006-2019) resignation, during the eleven months of the imposed regime, and fundamentally for those who fought for the recovery of democracy, warned the university professor. Valda, who condemned from Argentina the crisis in Bolivia after the break of the constitutional order, considered what happened to be “a disastrous precedent in the history of the country, but essentially for Latin America and South America.”
Never again, he urged, can this kind of action be repeated, which is contrary to the will of the people and which, under the pretext of fraud in the presidential elections of 20 October 2019, unproven, established an illegal administration.
“The investigations opened by the Public Prosecutor’s Office against Áñez and former officials of her administration will guarantee peace, tranquillity and, fundamentally, justice will be done, which is not the same as revenge”, said the former diplomat.
The first responds to a collective heritage linked, in this case, to being able to establish who is responsible, starting with a proper trail, without political interference, he said.
However, he added that “it is necessary to shed a light on the events and punish those who violated rights, created fear, violence and hostilities between Bolivians”.
On the six-month-old administration of Bolivian President, Luis Arce, and with the Movement for Socialism (MAS) back in power, he claimed that there is stability and, specifically, a national project.
“The country recovered strategic companies from Áñez’s mismanagement, that are now slowly reactivating the economic engine, which was the heritage of the community productive financial model of the Plurinational State”, he stressed.
On Covid treatment, he said that Arce and his team bought vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and, so far, made possible the immunisation of a large percentage of people.
He explained that they also allocated more financial resources to health and education, created new items for hospitals, health centres and schools, and set up other facilities to take care of infected patients in critical condition.
The International Monetary Fund, he said, predicts that Bolivia will end 2021 with a GDP growth rate of more than 4%, which will pull Bolivia out of the crisis into which “the de facto administration pushed us”.
Regarding the latest regional elections, the analyst claimed that MAS continues to be the leading political force, winning the majority of municipalities and three important governorships (Cochabamba, Oruro and Potosí). “Now we need to work not only at national level, but also to strengthen, serve, polish new local leaderships which will allow better results in the next elections”, he concluded. (PL)