Bolivia: Aftermath of the San Cruz strike: Three Criminal Complaints lodged against Rightwing Leaders and Seven More Coming

Santa Cruz Governor Luis Fernando Camacho, President of the Pro Santa Cruz Committee, Calvo

Local authorities reported Saturday November 25 that the conservative opposition Pro Santa Cruz Committee declared Saturday November 25 the lifting of the strike after 36 days of strike, announced the president of the association Romulo Calvo. “As of this moment, we make a fourth intermission, we lift the strike and blockades without suspending our struggle, we are still in emergency,” said Calvo.

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After the 36-day protest that paralyzed Santa Cruz demanding a census by 2023, several complaints were filed against the leaders of that region: Luis Fernando Camacho, Rómulo Calvo and Vicente Cuéllar. Three of these criminal proceedings have already been admitted by the Public Ministry, reported yesterday the attorney general, Juan Lanchipa.

From the Government, the hard wing of the Movimiento Al Socialismo (MAS) and the masista social organizations are preparing at least four other criminal lawsuits against these leaders for the consequences of the strike of more than a month in Santa Cruz.

“We have three admitted complaints, there are several crimes that are reported (…). We have here in the department of La Paz the citizens have presented against Camacho, Rómulo Calvo and the rector (Vicente Cuéllar). Then they are going to be processed,” Lanchipa told the press.

The authority referred to the governor of Santa Cruz, Luis Fernando Camacho, the president of the Pro Santa Cruz Committee, Rómulo Calvo, and the rector of the Gabriel René Moreno Autonomous University (UAGRM), Vicente Cuéllar.

Although Lanchipa was unable to specify who or which organizations filed complaints against Camacho and other Santa Cruz leaders for the strike, he also did not specify which crimes they are. Weeks ago, in the midst of the strike, two complaints were filed in La Paz and one in Sucre.


The first complaint was filed by the Central Obrera Regional (COR) of El Alto on November 11 against Camacho, Calvo, Cuéllar and two other actors for the alleged commission of resolutions contrary to the constitution and laws, attacking the president and others dignitaries, political violence against women, racism and discrimination and attack against the freedom of work. On November 13, the Prosecutor’s Office accepted the complaint.

A week later, the representative of the Committee promoting the trial for the Coup I case, Aldo Michel, presented in Sucre the second complaint against the Santa Cruz leaders for the alleged commission of instigation, organization of military groups, damage to public and private property, serious and very serious injuries and conspiracy, among others.

On November 22, that same Committee filed the third complaint against Camacho, Calvo and Cuéllar at the La Paz Prosecutor’s Office. This time accusing them of treason for their statements, according to lawyer Michel. He indicated that the defendants proclaimed “separatist” actions because in the last town hall they announced that they were going to review Santa Cruz’s relations with the State.

More complaints

On November 24, the Single Union Confederation of Peasant Workers of Bolivia filed the fourth criminal complaint against Camacho, Calvo, and rector Cuéllar. They were charged for the burning of their federation that occurred in the clashes on November 10.

From Santa Cruz, on November 28, the councilors Rosario Callejas and Rolando Pacheco filed the fifth criminal complaint against the Santa Cruz leaders and demanded that the Prosecutor’s Office investigate the attacks and looting against unions of Plan 3,000, Villa Primero de Mayo and other sectors of Santa Cruz during the 36-day strike.

On the same day, the Minister of Public Works, Services and Housing, Édgar Montaño, announced that he will file criminal complaints against Camacho and the leaders of the strike for the blockade in the Fundamental Road Network that caused the cost of more than 49,000 Bolivians in cleaning tasks. In addition, for the million-dollar losses suffered by several state companies due to the indefinite civic strike.

After the Senate approved the “Law for the application of the results of the population and housing census in the financial and electoral spheres”, assemblyman Leonardo Loza, from the Evo Morales bench, demanded that the Prosecutor’s Office arrest the intellectual authors of deaths and acts of violence during the Santa Cruz strike. “Sooner or later, even though there is an agreement between them, they have to judge,” he said.

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