The former president of Bolivia Evo Morales held a press conference in Mexico City after he resigned from the presidency of his country and obtained political asylum in Mexico on Wednesday.
Morales mentioned how the climate of violence in the country was one of the factors that had persuaded him to resign his position.
“On Saturday they burned my sister’s house, the violent ones. There are no cops. They burned the house of my governors, in Potosi, Chuquisaca, Oruro, his peasant brothers, are Quechua and Aymara,” Morales said while calling on the military not to “stain [themselves] with the blood of the people.”
The former Bolivian president said that “I still don’t understand how my commanders, now my ex-commanders of the armed forces could have such disloyalty. Other times I think my big crime to have this kind of problem is being indigenous.”
On Sunday, Bolivian President Evo Morales announced his resignation, following weeks of unrest in the wake of the disputed October 20 presidential election. Morales said he had received threats from opposition leaders and was eventually forced by the country’s military to step down.