“It is already a local dictatorship of officials who misunderstand what a council is,” said the constitutional expert in an interview with a Bolivian TV channel.
Gutierrez described these events as “disastrous” and believed that they occur in the area because the most humble people live there, who work eight hours a day and their economy is not secure.
“Imagine if you were in a federalism, the objective would be to make these people disappear,” warned the lawyer, expressed by a part of the Santa Cruz power elite to introduce this form of political organization in a plurinational state. Mentioned aspirations.
The paramilitary group Unión Juvenil Crucenista, subordinate to Governor Luis Fernando Camacho, and civilian member Romulo Calvo fuel the violence in the context of a strike with a blockade that has already lasted 27 days and caused more than a billion dollars in damages.
Bolivian TV showed in between explosions how these shock groups arrive at the targets of their attacks, driven in trucks and motorcycles, and armed with clubs and high-powered firecrackers, violently gun down sales stalls force to do.
A common denominator over the past 27 days has been night attacks against Plan Trace Mill neighborhoods, mostly union workers who look to their work and sources of sustenance at night.
“When there is no rule that can support us, no council, no council, it is already perverted, no democracy, they are in a state of siege; Therefore, they attack the weakest, what is that? Rebellion, and that is punished in the Penal Code,” Gutierrez said.
Governor Camacho and Citizen Calvo justified the continuation of the strike with the resolutions of the Santa Cruz Council, which was initially called with the slogan “2023 Population Census Yes or Yes”.
The lawyer recalled that decisions in these places are not binding on the government, and that Calvo decided this Wednesday to maintain the extreme measures without consulting the population.
“It is already a local dictatorship of officials who misunderstand what a council is, and they have previously been affecting the local economy of Santa Cruz, and now they want to attack the political system,” he denounced. .
The national government approved Supreme Decree 4824 through which the completion of the population and housing census is guaranteed by March 23, 2024, and the redistribution of co-participatory resources by September of the same year.