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Details emerge of new right-wing coup plot in Bolivia

Sources tell the Star the country is on the verge of a bloodbath

BOLIVIA is on the verge of a bloodbath, the Morning Star was told today, after details emerged of another plan by right-wing forces to derail next week’s presidential and parliamentary elections.

It is alleged that a new plot has been hatched that involves a mobile phone app, allowing Bolivians to record which way they voted. The plan is to use data to undermine the legitimacy of the vote.

According to sources, the technology has been developed by Edgar Villegas, who is understood to have been the mastermind of last year’s coup, which saw the ousting of demoratically elected president Evo Morales.

It is claimed that Mr Villegas provided data on Excel spreadsheets to Bolivia’s  Supreme Electoral Tribunal using a formula created by himself that manipulated information to show voting irregularities: claims that have since been proven to have been unfounded.

The Morning Star was told that right-wing elements have resorted to this “plan B” after our exposure the week before last of a plot involving false-flag bomb scares targeting hotels accommodating international election observers, the intention being to implicate the Movement Towards Socialism (Mas).

They hope that the new plans will cast doubt over the legitimacy of the results, with Mas expected to win both the presidential and parliamentary elections.

Rightwingers hope it will trigger a series of acts forcing the resignation of presidential candidate Luis Arce and the closure of the Bolivian congress.

If all goes as planned, it is alleged, the constitution will be suspended and the elections annulled with a new poll taking place after a restructuring of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, which will be packed with allies of the right-wing parties who will move to ban Mas from standing.

But sources told the Morning Star: “The reaction of the people will not be peaceful, therefore we are on the verge of a bloodbath, mourning and pain.

“[The right-wing plotters] are willing to do anything for the economic interests of the protagonists and with the support of those interested in the exploitation of lithium.” Bolivia holds about 7 per cent of the world’s known resources of the valuable metal.

On Sunday footage circulated of what appeared to be a serving Bolivian soldier who claimed that Interior Minister Arturo Murillo was conspiring with army generals in a sinister plot to massacre indigenous people and launch a coup, should Mas win the election.

The unidentified soldier said that Mr Murillo has armed paramilitaries with weapons and ammunition supplied by the US.

“We have been ordered to shoot to kill indigenous people,” he appears to say in the recording.

“We come from families in the countryside, and if we shoot indigenous people, it is the same as shooting our own parents or the parents of our soldiers who are doing military service.

“We are threatened that we will be sacked if we do not obey those orders,” the man said.

Bolivia goes to the polls on Sunday (October 18).

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