The right-wing Governor of Santa Cruz Province in Bolivia, Luis Fernando Camacho has been arrested thereby causing a wide range of violent protest.
Camacho was arrested by armed police in an operation that his supporters described as kidnapping.
Mr Camacho spearheaded the protests which led to the resignation of left-wing former president Evo Morales.
The state attorney’s office said Camacho, was arrested as part of an investigation into the events which led to President Morales’s departure from office in 2019.
The State’s Attorney General’s Office described the ousting of President Morales as a coup d’état.
According to the arrest warrant issued in October, Camacho is facing charges of terrorism.
Camacho’s asistant, Graciela Ortiz, who was with him when he was arrested noted that they were intercepted by men with weapon in a patrol van.
“People dressed in black with black guns got out and they started hitting the windows. They didn’t even tell us to get out, they just hit them with the back part of the weapons,” she told Reute
In a statement released by his office, Mr Camacho dismisses the allegations against him as lacking truth and credibility
Writing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade; Editing by Julian Osamoto