LA PAZ – President Evo Morales has received death threats on his @evoespueblo Twitter account from two users who posted violent and racist messages, the Bolivian government said on Monday.
“In the last few hours, we have noticed direct threats in the president’s Twitter account against his life,” Communications Minister Gisela Lopez said.
The threats were found in anonymous accounts, one created under the screen name “saimon” @andresvilar1949 and the other with the name “Exorcismo Bebe” (Exorcism Baby) @ExorcismooHN, Lopez said.
Lopez blamed the threatening messages on what she labeled the national and international “radical right,” adding that the posts were reactions to the president’s expression of political opinions online.
Morales’s Twitter account was created in April 2016 and he has 194,000 followers.
In recent posts, Morales criticized the building of fences and walls to stop immigration, while defending the concept of “universal citizenship” and denouncing invasions.
In March 2016, the government reported alleged threats against Morales posted on his Facebook page.
Last December, authorities said a 17-year-old woman had contacted the US Embassy in La Paz, volunteering to attack Morales in exchange for protection for her and her family.
The US Embassy alerted the Bolivian government about the threat, but authorities have not disclosed the results of the investigation.