Deputies and senators of Bolivia fight with blows in the Legislative Assembly

Deputies and senators of Bolivia fight with blows in the Legislative Assembly

Speaking to the media, Senator Montero apologized for the incidents, although he accused the MAS members of having started the dispute.

“We will continue fighting, not with aggressions, not with the physical, but I must also tell the authorities that they respect us,” he said.

In the same vein, Deputy Tatiana Áñez spoke in statements to Red Uno, a Citizen Free Press affiliate. She said that she approached to try to separate the officials who were being beaten and that, when she fell to the ground, a pro-government deputy grabbed her by the hair.

“They are physically and verbally attacking, it is not an interpellation in accordance with the regulations, there are insults involved and that cannot be allowed,” said deputy Colque, who also apologized for the violence.

Meanwhile, Deputy Callizaya argued that she wanted to prevent the beatings perpetrated on Colque when Áñez scratched his face.

According to the ethics regulations of the Chamber of Deputies, it is considered a “very serious” offense when a parliamentarian resorts to offensive or violent acts both inside and outside the Legislative Assembly.

The corresponding sanction is temporary separation from the Chamber for 6 to 12 months and without the right to remuneration.

The interpellation session with the Minister of Government was about the arrest of former interim president Jeanine Áñez. The incidents began when del Castillo spoke of the victims of the clashes between the military forces and protesters in November 2019, according to the Ministry of Government.

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