Former President Mauricio Macri denied the accusations about the shipment of war material to Bolivia in 2019, after the removal of Evo Morales. He did it this Saturday, through a letter, in which he harshly crossed Alberto Fernández.
The letter was released two days after Bolivian officials denounced that the Macri government had collaborated with Jeanine Áñez, who assumed the Presidency of Bolivia on a provisional basis, with the sending of tear gas and riot ammunition to suppress social protests.
The evidence presented was a letter allegedly sent by Jorge Gonzalo Terceros, former commander of the neighboring country’s Air Force, in which he thanked him for delivering the riot gear to the Argentine ambassador. The former military man assured yesterday that your signature was forged.
The accusation issued from Bolivia was accompanied almost simultaneously by a letter from President Fernández, who apologized to his Bolivian counterpart and said he felt “pain and shame” over the episode.
“I want to flatly deny the veracity of these accusations and, at the same time, repudiate the letter that President Alberto Fernández sent to the Bolivian authorities expressing ‘pain and shame’ About those fake facts they want to get me involved in In a single act Alberto Fernández managed to devalue his word and his signature “, noted the former president at the beginning of his response.
Regarding the accusations, Macri affirmed that his Government provided “humanitarian aid” after “the allegations of fraud and subsequent resignation of Evo Morales and in line with the Organization of American States (OAS) and the European Union.”
After noting that the complaints were denied by the local protagonists, he again pointed against the Argentine government. “These unsubstantiated accusations plunge us back into the alienating and paranoid dynamics of a weak government who seeks to hide the reality that haunts him “.
And he charged hard against Fernández: “It is a disgrace for all Argentines to have a president who lacks credibility; that he says something and that in a short time it is known that it is a lie, that in all his statements he tries to falsify, deceive, hide, that he never complies and always has excuses to blame others “.
Criticism of the ruling party also extended to the handling of the pandemic and the difficulties in purchasing vaccines. “We know that he did not want to bring North American vaccines and postponed public health for ideological reasons. That militant decision cost the work and life of thousands of Argentines“, he claimed.
In the closing, he immersed himself fully in the campaign. “This government has disappointed the confidence of Argentines. I hope that in the October elections be defeated widely to limit the incalculable damage it is committing. “
And concluded a claim: “Stop lying”.
The full letter
Based on the untimely complaint that Bolivian officials made known last Thursday, I want to flatly deny the veracity of those accusations and, at the same time, repudiate the letter that President Alberto Fernández sent to the Bolivian authorities expressing “pain and shame About those false facts that they want to get me involved in. In a single act, Alberto Fernández managed to devalue his word and his signature.
For the information of public opinion, I clarify that in November 2019, after the allegations of fraud and the subsequent resignation of Evo Morales and in line with the Organization of American States (OAS) and the European Union, Argentina provided humanitarian aid. We gave asylum in the Argentine embassy to Evo Morales officials and even their families, along with Argentine journalists assigned to that country.
The local protagonists themselves, both the former Argentine ambassador Normando Álvarez García and the former general commander of the Bolivian Air Force, denied the allegation of conspiracy and the authenticity of the evidence presented with a documentary appearance. Everything said is false. Everything is a lie.
However, these unsubstantiated accusations plunge us once again into the alienating and paranoid dynamics of a weak government that seeks to hide the reality that haunts it. The case once again serves to attack the integrity of the security forces by creating suspicions about them.
It is a disgrace for all Argentines to have a president who lacks credibility; that he says something and that in a short time it is known that it is a lie, that in all his statements he tries to falsify, deceive, hide, that he never complies and always has excuses to blame others.
I use the word misfortune with a very specific meaning, and specifically to remember the misfortune that produced the sum of lies pronounced by Alberto Fernández and his government during the pandemic. This persecution of which I am the object is precisely a new attempt to divert attention from the failure to manage the pandemic, from the economic failure and from the failure of the management of vaccines. In this regard, the government can give many explanations about why we did not have the vaccines that we had to have on time, but no matter what it says, we all know that it is lying. We know that he did not want to bring North American vaccines and postponed public health for ideological reasons. That militant decision cost the work and the lives of thousands of Argentines.
This government has disappointed the confidence of the Argentines. I hope that in the October elections he will be widely defeated to limit the incalculable damage that he is committing.
Alberto Fernández’s request for forgiveness
Last Thursday, the Bolivian government, led by Luis Arce, denounced that Macri’s management collaborated with the dismissal of the then president Evo Morales, in 2019.
Rogelio Mayta, Minister of Foreign Relations of Bolivia, Rogelio Mayta, accused the government of Together for Change of having contributed “equipment and material so that social protest can be repressed“And he did so under the cover of a letter.
“Today we have had access to a document that highlights two aspects: first, that the Macri government of Argentina, in 2019, also provided equipment and material so that social protest can be repressed in order to consolidate the government that broke in the constitutional order, “he said at a press conference that had wide repercussions in our country.
The Bolivian Foreign Minister based his accusation on a letter sent by the then general commander of the Bolivian Air Force, Jorge Gonzalo Terceros Lara, where “thanks“to the former Argentine ambassador, Normando Álvarez García,” the collaboration provided. “
The letter that the Bolivian authorities showed to denounce the collaboration of Mauricio Macri in the removal of Evo Morales.
The letter exhibited by the authorities of the Arce government says: “To thank you for the collaboration provided to this armed institution within the framework of international support between our countries due to the conflictive situation in Bolivia.” It is dated November 13, 2019.
The international complaint triggered an immediate response from the Argentine government, which according to several opponents even seemed choreographed by the immediate chain that took place.
It is that after the accusation, a letter from President Alberto Fernández to Luis Arce was known, in which he asked him “apologies” and stated that knowing the complaint caused him “pain and shame.”
That was just the beginning of a cross of accusations that has been adding chapters for 48 hours, now with Macri making his reply known.
One of the first to speak out was the former Security Minister, Patricia Bullrich, who pointed out that an order to send this type of material to Bolivia in 2019 “never” passed through her hands.
“The exact opposite of what President (Alberto) Fernández said was done: Evo Morales’ officials were helped, the Argentine Embassy and journalists who were under siege by the protesters were protected,” he said.
“Our country collaborated with Bolivia by sending gendarmes to protect the Embassy of Argentina in La Paz, where members of the government of Evo Morales were, including his Minister of the Interior, protected in our territory,” he said.
The complaint was also rejected by former Chancellor Jorge Faurie. “No material of any kind was sent through the Argentine Foreign Ministry. Neither papers, nor tear gas, nor any other element, since I have no knowledge of which ones the military authority thanked the Argentine ambassador at that time. “.
From Kirchnerism, the reaction was the opposite. Ministers such as Felipe Solá (Foreign Relations) and Agustín Rossi (Defense) echoed the complaint, there was even a lawyer close to Cristina Kirchner who outlined the possibility of an international arrest warrant for Macri -who is in Spain- by the government of Bolivia.
Evo Morales himself categorically questioned the former president whom he accused of crimes against humanity.
“We respect the Macri government over political differences because he was elected by vote. We do not imagine that he was capable of committing a crime against humanity as abominable as sending war material to the coup plotters to kill the defenseless Bolivian people,” he said. .
But there was another element that made the matter even more rare. It was that the lawyer of the former commander involved in the accusation came out to denounce that they forged the signature of his client, the general commander of the Bolivian Air Force, Jorge Gonzalo Terceros Lar.
“If a comparison is made, with the naked eye, in graphology there are small points and a series of descriptions, that signature is drawn, different from the natural one. Society must realize that this signature is adulterated, ”he said.
Another piece of information was the date of the letter, which was signed on 11/13/2019. That day, according to Terceros’ lawyer, the commander had been relieved of his position and “It was not his competence to make that kind of contact.”
“The general, together with the Military High Command, presented his resignation to then-president Jeanine Áñez on November 13 at nine in the morning. It is impossible that he sent that letter, it is also not his competence. The document is false and this is the use of a counterfeit instrument. General Terceros passed to passive service on November 13, 2019 and we will present to the Prosecutor’s Office the resignation that he presented that day, ”he said.
Normando Miguel Alvarez Garcia, Argentine ambassador to Bolivia during the events denounced, also denied the accusation.
LM – PJB