Bolivia Faces Coup Attempt as Soldiers Surround Presidential Palace

Bolivian President Luis Arce has called for the respect of democracy following reports of soldiers moving into central La Paz.

An armored vehicle collided with the presidential palace, and soldiers allegedly stormed the building in La Paz.

Former President Evo Morales warned of a looming coup, accusing General Juan José Zúñiga of orchestrating a power grab and urging his supporters to strike and block roadways.

According to the Bolivian daily El Deber, Gen. Zúñiga told reporters from Murillo Square after forces occupied it: “We are going to recover this homeland.”

President Arce condemned the “irregular” troop movements, insisting that “democracy must be respected.”

“I am your captain, and I order you to withdraw your soldiers. I will not tolerate this insubordination,” Arce stated.

In a message on his social media account, Arce reiterated his call for the respect of democracy. Bolivian television footage showed two tanks and several soldiers in front of the government palace.

“We cannot allow another coup attempt to take the lives of Bolivians,” he declared in a video message released to news networks.

The leadership of Bolivia’s largest labor union criticized the military action and called for an indefinite strike by social and labor organizations in La Paz to defend the government.

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