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Bolivia: Opposition protests in Sucre and Santa Cruz February 21

Political opposition groups plan protests in Sucre and Santa Cruz on February 21; heightened security measures and localized traffic disruptions expected

19 Feb 07:13 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 2/19/2019, 12:00 AM until 2/21/2019, 11:59 PM (America/La_Paz). COUNTRY/REGION Sucre, Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Event

Various civil society and political opposition groups are planning demonstrations in Sucre and Santa Cruz on Thursday, February 21, to mark the anniversary of the 2016 constitutional referendum. In Santa Cruz, protesters are expected to rally at Christ the Redeemer starting at 17:00 (local time) before marching to Plaza 24 de Septiembre. Other organizations are also calling for supporters to gather at Plaza del Estudiante. Groups in Sucre are calling for protesters to gather at Plaza 25 de Mayo. Heightened security measures and localized traffic disruptions are expected around all protest sites.

Context

Opposition groups argue Morales is constitutionally barred from seeking re-election following a 2016 referendum which upheld term limits. However, the high court has since ruled in favor of Morales paving the way for his candidacy in the October 2019 general elections.

Advice

Individuals in Sucre and Santa Cruz are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid public demonstrations as a precaution, and anticipate transportation disruptions in affected areas.

 

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