Hundreds took to the streets of Cochabamba on Wednesday to show their support for Bolivia’s former president, Evo Morales, and the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) candidates running in Bolivia’s upcoming general elections, set for May 3rd.
Organized by a series of social movements, coca growers’ federations, and authorities in the Cochabamba area, the pro-Morales rally was held in connection with Day of the Plurinational State of Bolivia celebrations. Former president Evo Morales instituted the holiday in remembrance of the date he took office in his first term on January 22, 2006.
During the rally, cocalero (coca leaf growers) leader Andronico Rodriguez promised that “justice will come to these gentlemen who want to leave in impunity so many dead, wounded, what they did in such a short time.”
Rodriguez then called on those present not to “get discouraged, [it is] forbidden to lower our guard. Let’s continue with greater strength. This has only just begun, brothers.”
Morales fled Bolivia to Mexico in November under pressure from the armed forces following unrest over the allegations of controversial presidential election results. After a few weeks in Mexico, he was granted asylum in Argentina.