Radio and television stations destroyed by mayor's supporters
The "El Deber" newspaper, based in the city of Santa Cruz, reported that a group of residents from the community of Choré dismantled and destroyed equipment belonging to the Yapacaní community radio station and the Canal 8 television station. The executive secretary of the Santa Cruz Press Workers Federation, Roberto Carlos Hurtado, condemned the actions against the station, saying they represent an attack on human rights and democratic freedoms.
Ombudsman Hernán Cabrera expressed his disappointment over the violent actions in the midst of a battle for control of the municipality. "We condemn this type of violence," he said. Remberto Alejandro, the head of the Yapacaní Defence Committee and one of the people who led the actions against the broadcasters, said that those who oppose Mayor Carvajal only dedicate themselves to creating obstacles for development of the communities.