Bolivian Police Arrest Military General After Coup Attempt


ER Editor: Posts from certain Twitter accounts, etc. would have us believe this was the work of the CIA, including Ezra Cohen’s Telegram channel for June 26 and 27. We’ve posted two articles below, one concerning Bolivia’s interest in joining BRICS.

See also this from yesterday by RT —

‘Attempted coup’ reported in Bolivia (VIDEOS)


Bolivian police arrest coup leader; president appreciates public support


Bolivian police have arrested a former general who staged a failed coup, with President Luis Arce asserting his authority over the country’s military and thanking the public for keeping up their support for the government.

Rebel military leader General Juan Jose Zuniga is arrested after a coup attempt in La Paz, Bolivia, on June 26, 2024. (Photo by Reuters)

The troops of Juan Jose Zuniga, who was fired earlier this week as commander of the Bolivian Army, raided the presidential palace in the capital La Paz on Wednesday afternoon and took up positions in the square outside, where key government buildings are located. Media reports said a tank slammed the palace doors.

However, Zuniga urged the soldiers within hours to withdraw, after leaders from around the world blasted the army’s actions as illegal.

The soldiers’ retreat was followed by the apprehension of Zuniga after the attorney general opened an investigation.

Bolivia’s Government Minister Eduardo del Castillo said that in addition to Zuniga, former navy Vice Adm. Juan Arnez Salvador was also taken into custody.

“What was this group’s goal? The goal was to overturn the democratically elected authority,” del Castillo told journalists while announcing the arrests.

The rebel military leader had claimed he wanted to “restructure democracy” and that while he respected the Bolivian president for now, there would be a change of government.

Arce condemned the coup attempt and called on the public to “organize and mobilize… in favor of democracy.”

“We cannot allow once again coup attempts to take Bolivian lives,” he said in a televised message to the country from inside the presidential palace.

“I am your captain, and I order you to withdraw your soldiers, and I will not allow this insubordination,” Arce said.

An armored vehicle and military police form outside the government palace at Plaza Murillo in La Paz, Bolivia, on June 26, 2024. (Photo by AP)

The president hailed the withdrawal as a victory for Bolivia’s democracy and addressed the country’s citizens in the aftermath, some of whom had taken to the streets in protest at the coup attempt, waving Bolivian flags, singing the national anthem and cheering.

“Many thanks to the Bolivian people,” said Arce. “Long live democracy.”

Late Wednesday, Defense Minister Edmundo Novillo said that “everything is now under control.” Surrounded by the new military chiefs appointed by Arce, Novillo said that Bolivia lived a “failed coup.”

Justice Minister Ivan Lima denied Zuniga’s claims of establishing democracy, saying the rebel leader was lying and trying to justify his actions for which he said he would face justice.

Prosecutors will seek the maximum sentence of 15 to 20 years in prison for Zuniga, Lima said via the social media platform X, “for having attacked democracy and the Constitution.”

Former President Evo Morales also denounced the military’s actions, calling for criminal prosecution against Zuniga and his “accomplices.”

“We will not allow the armed forces to violate democracy and intimidate people,” he added.

Bolivia has had a long history of political unrest since it gained independence in 1825.

The incumbent president has led an embattled government since taking office in 2020, fending off pressure from both the left and the right.

Bolivia has seen intensifying protests in recent months over the economy’s precipitous decline from one of the continent’s fastest-growing two decades ago to one of its most crisis-stricken.



ER: See this from SputnikGlobe from earlier this month —

Bolivia Has Good Chance of Joining BRICS in 2024 After Argentina’s Refusal – President

The Brazilian geopolitician linked the coup attempt in Bolivia with the country’s desire to join BRICS


The attempted coup in Bolivia may be connected with the recent statement by the president of this country, Luis Arce, about his desire to integrate it into the BRICS. This was stated by Brazilian geopolitician Rafael Machado.

According to the political scientist, the attempted coup in Bolivia represents a “preventive strike” aimed at Russia’s expanding influence in Latin America. Now Russia is trying to include the countries of the region in the project of a multipolar world, implemented, among other things, under the auspices of BRICS.

Machado noted that Russia is also “militarizing” its international partnership, developing military and military-technical cooperation with a number of countries – from Belarus to Iran and the DPRK. It is likely that military ties with Venezuela will further develop more closely.

Naturally, the United States is wary of Russia’s increasing military ties with Latin American countries. Washington seeks to prevent other Latin American countries, besides Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, from being drawn into the orbit of Russian influence. That is why an attempt was made to remove the president in Bolivia.

Let us remind you that there was an attempted coup in Bolivia. A group of military personnel besieged the government palace. However, the rebellion was suppressed. The former commander of the Bolivian army, Juan José Zuniga, who headed it, is currently under arrest, and the special services are clarifying all the circumstances surrounding the preparation of the coup attempt and those involved in organizing it.


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