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22 Dec 2019 | 08:56 PM UTC

Argentina: Morales announces a rally in Buenos Aires December 29

Former Bolivian President Morales calls for a rally in Buenos Aires on December 29; heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions expected

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Event

The former Bolivian President, Evo Morales, has called for a rally in Buenos Aires on Sunday, December 29, with the aim of gathering members of his Movement for Socialism (MAS) political party and choosing their candidates for the next presidential elections. However, in earlier interviews to Argentine radio stations, the former President said that he was planing to hold the rally on the border between Argentina and Bolivia. He also said that he expects at least 1000 MAS leaders to attend, and that the Argentine government will provide a heightened security presence. While further details confirming the exact time or location of the December 29 rally is unclear as of Sunday, December 22, a heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions can be expected near any demonstration.

Context

Former President Morales resigned on November 10 following weeks of protests organized by opposition political organizations. The national electoral body was accused of manipulating the results of the October 20 election in favor of Morales to prevent a runoff, sparking an escalation in demonstrations nationwide. More than 30 people have been killed in clashes with security forces or between rival political supporters. Interim government leaders have announced that fresh presidential elections will take place in March 2020, though the exact date has yet to be announced.

Advice

Individuals in Buenos Aires and in the border regions with Bolivia, and in Argentina more generally, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.