Bolivia: Audios Confirm Attempted Coup d’état

ZonaFrank the midst of the current political crisis, sixteen audios of conversations emerged where civic, political and military leaders in passive service were allegedly heard in a plan of social agitation before and after the general elections, with the purpose of preventing the continuity of President Evo Morales, according to digital media publications.

All of the audios and reports written on Oct. 8 and 10 are available at Behind Back Doors and the content coincides with the discourse of government authorities who denounced coup d’état plans and President Evo Morales himself recently said he had the recordings.

In the conversations, former president of the republic, former president of Cochabamba, Manfred Reyes Villa, and former congressman of Cochabamba, Mauricio Muñoz, are mentioned. A written report adds former army soldiers Oscar Pacello Aguirre, Remberto Siles, Julio Cesar Maldonado and Teobaldo Cardozo.

According to the source, one of those audios identifies activist Miriam Pereira who refers to Juan Flores, his advisor Alex Brañez, Oscar Robles. She warns of a trip those people made to the United States to meet with Carlos Sánchez Berzaín and an alleged funding of half a million dollars for mobilization expenses. “The chulupi wants blood, this is what he is working on, the funding is half a million dollars for his expenses,” said the person obfuscated in the recording.

The link contains a summary of the content of the conversations of political, civic and former military leaders in their coordination work in preparation for the August 21 national civic strike; and actions before and after the national elections.

That report is written in English and was translated into Spanish and is available on the Cuban Post website, under the heading U.S. Embassy in La Paz: Your Covert Action in Support of the Coup d’Etat against President Evo Morales.


One of the audios supposedly includes Manfred Reyes Villa in a conversation with people who could not be identified, reminding them that there is a commitment by U.S. Senators Marco Rubio, Bob Menéndez and Ted Cruz to promote economic sanctions against Bolivia, if Evo Morales remains in the government palace.

“These three names that are mentioned in our agenda, are the key that are handling the interest that the Bolivian people have justice by the vote of February 21, 2016,” says Reyes Villa. His political operator Mauricio Muñoz also speaks in another audio about the possibility of returning to the country to be a candidate for governor of Cochabamba, provided that Evo Morales leaves power through actions of social upheaval.

In another audio, an unidentified alleged ex-military warns of the risk of contaminating the civic committees of La Paz and Santa Cruz, before the government puts them in the same bag and accuses them of coup.

Another voice says: “Mr. ex-president, we are in an escalation that at some point must reach its culminating point based on popular mobilization, because the armed forces are going to react according to what the popular movements do. If there is majority support, at some point someone is going to tell you, please, Mr. President, comply with the law and that’s what we should do,” he says in the conversation.

He even proposes that the mobilized civic groups take into account that the enemy in Bolivia is Cuba. “My colonel, we have to speak about Cubans, let Cubans die. The civic committees are demanding from international countries, which is stupid; it is the Cubans who govern the country,” he said.

Another voice indicates that the peasants are waiting for a solid structure as of August 21 to act together with the platforms.

They also managed to infiltrate a meeting allegedly held by the president and youth leader of the civic committee of La Paz, with a former general identified as Julito and former colonel who pn his talk presents himself as Oscar Pacello Aguirre, representative of the National Military Coordinator, who speaks of having plans to take over the governorship and sub-governance of Tarija, probably in August.

“There is information that should only remain here, we are going to deal with reserved and secret topics, it cannot leave. If that comes out, they’re going to make us abort,” he says, explaining that the route starts on July 23, August 21, until October 20, but before that the key moments of his mobilization should be the visit of former president José Mújica, August 6 in the civic-patriotic act, and August 7 in the military parade in the city of El Alto.

“Evo Morales wants to legitimize himself in these elections and we have to coordinate with the civic committees,” he says in another part of his conversation apparently with the civic groups of La Paz.


Audio 1. Illustrates the commitment of U.S. Senators Marco Rubio, Bob Menendez and Ted Cruz in the coup plan against Evo Morales.

Audio 2. A member of the Bolivian opposition and alleged ex-military, calls for an armed uprising.

Audio 3. A member of the Bolivian opposition (yet to be identified) proposes to mark the houses of supporters of the president’s political party, to instill fear in the population and influence them later to support the coup.

Audio 4. A member of the Bolivian opposition (yet to be identified), proposes the strategy to be followed by the Bolivian opposition, establishing itself as a premise that invalidates the October 20 elections, generates a military-civil uprising and creates a national strike. In addition, he commented that there are active members of the National Armed Forces and the Police who would support these actions.

Audio 5. A conversation between members of the Bolivian opposition that shows the participation of Manfred Reyes Villa, another member of the opposition resident in the United States, who has plans for a coup d’état. Mention is made of the support the opposition is getting from the Evangelical Church and the Brazilian government. The reference to a supposed man of trust for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is also advising a Bolivian presidential candidate who has not yet been identified, is highlighted.

Audio 6. It shows the participation of Manfred Reyes Villa, member of the opposition with plans for a coup d’état. The voice of Bolivian political activist Mauricio Muñoz y Reyes can be heard in the recording.

Audio 7. A former colonel in Bolivia confirms plans for a coup d’état against President Evo Morales, and expresses concern about the participation of civic committee leaders in the army related to the opposition.

Audio 8. Former Bolivian colonel Julio César Maldonado Leoni, president of the National Military Committee, gives orders to implement all kinds of actions against the Cuban Embassy and its diplomats, instilling fear and hatred for Cubans to leave the country.

Audio 9. This audio is related to a meeting between former Bolivian soldiers held in the city of Cochabamba. Former colonel Julio César Maldonado Leoni, president of the National Military Committee, refers to the creation of a political-military power.

Audio 10. Former Bolivian colonel Teobaldo Cardoso comments that everything is ready and that they are a large group of former and active military members ready to wage war.

Audio 11. It illustrates the commitment of opposition politician and member Manfred Reyes Villa to plans to overthrow the president. The voice of Manfred Reyes is heard in a conversation with political activist and opposition member Miriam Pereira and journalists Carlos and Chanet Blacut.

Audio 12. The voice of former army general Remberto Siles is heard, referring to the existence of a grand plan against the Bolivian government.

Audio 13. Strategy and actions of the La Paz Civic Committee, in the context of the August 21 National Strike. You can hear the voice of its president, the politician Jaime Antonio Alarcón Daza.

Audio 14. The voice of former colonel Oscar Pacello Aguirre, Representative of the National Military Coordinator, can be heard. He mentions a secret plan against the government of President Evo Morales and the actions planned for October 10.

Audio 15. Private meeting between oppositionist Jaime Antonio Alarcón Daza, Iván Arias and other members of the civic committees, in which the agreement consisted of obtaining quick voting equipment for the next presidential elections, in order to use them to manipulate public opinion on the electoral results.

Audio 16. Political activist Miriam Pereira links opposition member and U.S. resident Carlos Sanchez Berzain to the plan to overthrow President Morales. She comments that Sanchez wants to incite a civil war in Bolivia and that they have half a million dollars in funding.