Bolivia begins week of high political tension

A strike with blockades called for Monday in Bolivia by opposition parties and activists and a pro-government march the following day in Santa Cruz, the epicenter of escalating political tension with the government of President Luis Arce, will mark the beginning of a hot week amid high polarization and a belligerent climate in the country.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Tension has grown in recent months in Bolivia as court cases pile up on charges against opposition leaders, including the governor of Santa Cruz, for their alleged participation in the 2019 movement that overthrew former President Evo Morales, of the Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) party, which brands the ouster a coup d'état.

The leader of the main Bolivian labor union said that Tuesday's march in support of President Arce in Santa Cruz, historic opposition bastion during Morales' governments (2006-2019), will serve to reject "attempts at destabilization and a new coup d'état by . . .

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