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General Juan José Zúñiga is arrested after a coup attempt in Bolivia

The former commander general of the Armed Forces Juan José Zúñiga is accused of the crimes of “Terrorism and armed uprisings against the security and sovereignty of the State”

General Juan José Zúñiga was arrested this Wednesday by the authorities of the Plurinational State of Bolivia for his participation in the coup against President Luis Arce.

Zúñiga was captured as he left the headquarters of the General Staff of Bolivia at 19.00:XNUMX p.m. local time, after he led a group of soldiers who with tanks broke into the headquarters of the Executive in the city of La Paz.

In this regard, the Attorney General's Office of the State of Bolivia announced that it will open a “criminal investigation” against the now dismissed General Juan José Zúñiga and all the soldiers who participated in the “irregular” mobilization of heavily armed soldiers who entered “by force.” to the headquarters of the Government of Bolivia in La Paz.

“Given the latest events that occurred in the city of La Paz”, headquarters of the Government and the Legislature, the State Attorney General, Juan Lanchipa, “ordered the initiation of all legal actions that correspond to the beginning of the criminal investigation against of Gen. Juan José Zúñiga and all the other participants in the events that occurred and that constitute criminal offenses,” the Prosecutor's Office said in a statement.

Tanks and heavily armed soldiers arrived this Wednesday at the Bolivian Government headquarters under the command of Zúñiga, which Arce denounced as an “attempted coup d'état.”

Minutes later, Zúñiga and his armed troops withdrew, after President Arce relieved the entire military high command.

Arce confronted Zúñiga at the door of the Casa Grande del Pueblo, headquarters of the Government, which was knocked down by a military tank, and ordered him to “retreat” the soldiers accompanying him.

“Retreat all these forces is an order,” Luis Arce shouted at Zúñiga.

The former commander general of the Armed Forces Juan José Zúñiga is accused of the crimes of “Terrorism and armed uprisings against the security and sovereignty of the State.”

Background

Juan José Zúñiga, who held the position of commander of the Army since 2022, lost his position this Tuesday after a series of threats against former president Evo Morales.

Zúñiga is a high-ranking military officer who opposes Evo Morales' candidacy in 2025. Due to his statements, he was removed from his position, but decided to revolt against the Executive.

He was at the center of accusations, including his alleged participation in the “Black Plan,” an operation aimed at persecuting líderIt is political and social. Additionally, he faces accusations of misappropriation of public funds.

Presumably, the soldier was accused of being involved in the irregular diversion of 2,7 million Bolivian pesos that were intended for the payment of the “Juancito Pinto” and “Renta Dignidad” bonds.

sourceAgencies

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