The Bolivian indigenous leader Felipe « El Mallku » Quispe, a harsh critic of former President Evo Morales (2006-2019), died on Tuesday sick of Covid-19, refusing until the last moment to receive medical treatment against that disease whose existence he refused to admit, local media reported.
« I have unfortunate news to confirm, that our brother Felipe could not defeat that bad Chinese called coronavirus so we have to inform them that our leader, El Mallku, has died, « said the leader Edgar Maydana of the Indianista Bloc, according to a Fides radio dispatch.
« El Mallku » (chief or leader in Aymara and Quechua languages) died at his home in El Alto, a city neighboring La Paz, on Tuesday afternoon, where he remained in self-isolation for more than two weeks since he fell ill with Covid-19Maydana added.
The announcement was confirmed by several local media, which reported on the congregation of followers and friends of Quispe in the vicinity of the leader’s home, who was registered by the Jallalla political front as a candidate for the governor of La Paz for the elections of the next 7 of March.
The 77-year-old veteran leader was the founder of the Pachacuti Indigenous Movement and head of the Tupac Katari Guerrilla Army (EGTK), which in the 1990s gained notoriety for a series of attacks on electrical systems.
He also stood out as one of the first indigenous people elected to the Chamber of Deputies, before the emergence of Morales’s Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), he was leader of the Confederación Sindical de Campesinos de Bolivia and twice presidential candidate, in 2002 and 2005.
Quispe had qualified the Covid-19 as a non-existent disease, « invention of the q » aras « (white).
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