LA PAZ (AFP) .- In the midst of growing tension over the
political crisis in Bolivia,
protesters harassed yesterday the facilities of
two Bolivian state media, the channel
Bolivia TV Y
New Homeland Radio, and forced its employees to leave them for serving the interests of the government of
Evo Morales, as reported by a senior manager.
"We have been forcibly evicted after receiving constant threats from people who concentrated on the outskirts" of the headquarters of both media and then came in to "try to force us to suspend transmissions," he told the AFP agency by telephone. Director of Radio Patria Nueva, Ivan Maldonado.
He also said that among the protesters were the leader of the Conade citizen collective, Waldo Albarracin, and the ex-defense of the Rolando Villena People, of the same group. Both are part of the civil movement that demands the resignation of the Bolivian president, accused of having manipulated the electoral results of last October 20 that gave him the victory in the first round for a fourth consecutive term. None of the aforementioned could be contacted.
In a telephone recording sent by Maldonado to AFP, an individual, who identifies himself as part of "a monitoring committee", threatened to take both means if they did not cut their emissions.
About 40 employees left the building that occupy both media in downtown La Paz, holding hands and among insults by some 300 people gathered in the place.
Bolivia TV and Radio Patria Nueva broadcasts are only airing with music after the incident. The group that concentrated outside the studios placed posters by the door in protest against these media, who received calls warning that they were "monitoring" their signal and intended to interrupt it by taking this headquarters.