Bolivian rejects “entrance to communism” law and launches national civil strike

Santa Cruz, Bolivia — Trade union leaders and civilian leaders in the city of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, have called companies and transport workers an “indefinite civil strike” in response to a new law approved by the national parliament. I asked them to unite with what they were. Some call it the “gateway to communism.”

A strike against the Socialist Party and President Luis Arce’s government began on November 8. Law, number 386Officially entitled “Justification of Unlawful Interests and National Strategy to Fight Terrorist Financing”.

The law allows the president of a country to strictly regulate aspects of a country’s financial system by law. Senator Rodrigo Paspereira The law said it created a “tripod of control and power over the country.”

Many Bolivian people are worried about the future of their money and business, as the law centralizes a wide range of Bolivian power structures and allows the government to access private bank accounts.

“This law is obscene and must be revoked,” civil engineer and protest organizer Ronnie Maransenbaum told The Epoch Times.

While Mr. Maransenbaum staffs one of the hundreds of improvised road blockades in the city aimed at shutting down the economy, the law is slippery, leading the country to dangerous roads. I said it was a slope. And our freedom. “

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Improvisational obstacles made of tires (Cesar Calani Cosso / The Epoch Times) with police lights in the background, November 9, 2021

He also said the new law would allow the government to seize bank assets even if someone suspected they were doing something illegal.

“The government is trying to make this country a communist regime. It’s the gateway to communism,” Marancenbaum said.

In a residential area, a group of men patrols obstacles consisting of ropes, rocks, flags and old tires.

“We don’t agree with what the government is doing,” the man who asked to be called Monje for fear of police retaliation told The Epoch Times.

Monje said the new law would allow the government to bypass courts when making legal decisions. “You can be imprisoned without complete legal proceedings. This law must be abolished,” he said.

The call for strikes at the national level gained support In other cities Demonstrations were held against President Arse of the Socialist Party in La Paz and Potosi.

Arse responded with his thoughts about General strike on Twitter“We have united and rebuilt the economy for a year, but the right wing is afraid of the unity of the Bolivian people.”

Returning to the city of Santa Cruz, hundreds of people continued to block roads on major highways until the night of November 8. Among them was college student Adriana Lopez, who said love was the reason she protested. “I’m here because I love my country. I’m young, but I want a great future here in Bolivia.”

Diego Infante, the owner of Santa Cruz, said police were already aggressively responding to some demonstrators. “Police shouldn’t do this. They should recognize the rights of those who protest peacefully. It’s in our Constitution,” he told The Epoch Times.

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Police will interact with one of the protesters on November 9, 2021. (Cesar Calani Cosso / The Epoch Times)

November 9th Police attacked demonstrators Several protesters were arrested in the process of blocking traffic with obstacles using water cannons and tear gas near Los Rotes in Santa Cruz.

“The Bolivian Constitution allows us to do this [protest]But in Venezuela, what we do is illegal, “said Monger.

“They are trying to turn this into Venezuela.”

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Demonstrators will block the main roads of Santa Cruz on November 9, 2021. (Cesar Calani Cosso / The Epoch Times)
Autumn Spredemann