The police uprising in large part of Bolivia unleashed this Friday the worst crisis in the more than thirteen years of Evo Morales in power, leaving the president increasingly cornered in the face of attempts to resign.
The Bolivian Police went from being questioned for not acting before the convulsion that the country is going through after the elections of the October 20, to stand next to the people as he begged a good part of Bolivian society.
The Morales Government ensures that the military is ordered not to intervene at this time and reiterates its allegations that it is an attempted coup d'etat from the opposition and civic committees, who want to end the president with more time in the power in the history of Bolivia.
A special intervention unit was the first mid-afternoon local time to mutiny in Cochabamba, a city in the center of the country that in recent days suffered especially the wave of violence unleashed after the elections, with one dead and about one hundred injured.
They followed Sucre, the constitutional capital of the country, Santa Cruz, the largest Bolivian city, and most regions, from the Andean area to the Amazon.
In peace, headquarters of the Government and where is the command of the Bolivian Police, there were no posters in the police stations with the word "mutiny" as in other parts of the country, but groups of policemen marched through the streets to their barracks surrounded by protesters who were pulling .
It was the first night for three days that there were no clashes between protesters and policemen next to the headquarters of the Executive.
The defense minister, Javier ZavaletaHe was the first member of the Government to appear, late at night, to try to reassure the population, assuring that the military was not going to be taken to the streets.
The president of the country is at the same time the supreme head of the Army and at times there was the fear that he would mobilize the Armed forces.
Morales hours later sent a couple of messages on Twitter to call Bolivians to defend democracy, reiterating their allegations of an attempted coup d'etat, something he has been warning since the day after the vote the opposition accused him of fraud.
"Our democracy is at risk from the coup d'etat that violent groups have launched that undermine the constitutional order," he wrote on the social network.
Blaming the opposition right of a coup d'etat is something recurring on the part of Morales since he came to power in 2006 and there are crises in scope, such as the one he had to face in 2008 by an autonomous current in the east of the country.
The crisis of then involved a part of Bolivia and was overcome, now it extends throughout the country without seeing a way out at least in the short term.
Thousands of Bolivians throughout the country concentrated in front of police stations and military barracks. To the shout of "Police, friend, the town is with you", They sided with the mutineers and unsuccessfully invited the military to join as well.
The street reaction
The civic leader Luis Fernando Camacho, erected in the voice of the opposition to the detriment of former president Carlos Mesa, had called for peaceful mobilization in front of police stations and barracks.
The concentrations were peaceful and only outbreaks of violence were reported as attacks in Cochabamba at a headquarters in the Movement to Socialismor (MAS), Morales' party, without any record of victims.
Several columns of detractors of the president are heading from different parts of Bolivia to La Paz, where they are expected to join the civic committees gathered around Camacho this Saturday to try to overthrow Evo Morales.
The marches are expected to be massive, in a new day of protests in the crisis that is dragging the country since the appointment with the polls led to the proclamation of Morales as winner for his fourth consecutive term by an electoral body that the opposition accuses having manipulated the vote count.