That the governor of the Bolivian region of Santa Cruz, Luis Fernando Camacho, was going to be arrested at some point was something that crossed the mind of any person more or less aware of the country's political news. Camacho was the only important opposition leader who was accused of having conspired and carried out "terrorist acts" to overthrow Evo Morales in 2019, in a trial that the Bolivian press dubbed "Coup d'état I". The other opposition leaders, such as Carlos Mesa, Jorge Quiroga or Samuel Doria Medina, were only involved in this case as witnesses. In addition, Camacho was the only one of them who had not appeared when the prosecution had summoned him to testify.
He gave several reasons, including that he south africa phone number list wanted to do it in Santa Cruz de la Sierra and not in La Paz, the administrative capital of the country, where the process is based. That is why there was an arrest warrant against him since October, which he had been able to avoid due to the political support he enjoys in his region, where some people came to hold vigils in front of his home to prevent the authorities from they will arrest him However, his arrest on Wednesday, December 28 with a "commando action" by the police while he was traveling in a car with his security guards also surprised Bolivians. It was an unusual procedure, violence calculated to subdue the Governor's bodyguards and prevent them from reacting.
He was immediately transferred by helicopter to La Paz, where the next day a judge ordered his "preventive" confinement for at least four months in the high-security Chonchocoro prison. «I am never going to give up; We Cruceños have been fighting for many years against the abuse of Masismo [referring to the Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) in power]. This is a fight for democracy and freedom, a fight for Bolivia. To the Bolivians who listen to me: let's not let the masismo impose a dictatorship like in Venezuela and Cuba," Camacho declared before the judge who imposed preventive detention on him. According to the indictment, Camacho not only led the street blockades with "pititas" (thin ropes) that halted the functioning of the country to achieve the resignation of President Morales in October 2019, but is guilty of coordinating with members of the police the riot that broke out in this institution on November 8 of that year and that determined the fate of Morales.