Massive march hits Bolivia in "defense of democracy"
On Thursday, Aug. 25, Indigenous, peasant and workers' organizations convened to express their support to the Government of Luis Arce.
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In the face of "attempts" to destabilize his administration, Bolivian President Luis Arce is getting massive support from his rural base.
Starting at 8:00 a.m., President Luis Arce joined his Vice President David Choquehuanca, on one of the many worker and Indigenous-led marches in La Paz, capital of the country, and later at a demonstration that descended on the city of El Alto, led by former President Evo Morales.
Upon joining, the president thanked the Bolivian people for "so much affection," and for joining the march "in defense of democracy."
He also expressed that: "this is the unity of the Bolivian people, who today are marching stronger than ever to tell the right-wing coup plotters that democracy is respected!
The mobilization was called by the "Unity Pact," which gathers unions and peasant and Indigenous organizations related to the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), which has also been joined by several pro-government legislators, such as the President of the Senate Andrónico Rodríguez.
For his part, the former president, leader of MAS, wrote on his Twitter account that "to defend democracy is to defend the vote of the people."
"As affiliates of the COB (Central Obrera Boliviana) and the Unity Pact we participate in the march in defense of our Government led by the brothers #LuchoYDavid. To defend democracy is to defend the vote of the people, nationalization and the great achievements of our Democratic Cultural Revolution," he added.
The pro-government mobilization was scheduled to arrive at noon at the Plaza Mayor de San Francisco in downtown La Paz, the seat of government.