UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Bolivian Institute of Forensic Studies confirmed on Wednesday the deaths of eight protesters during an operation to lift the blockade from the El Alto refinery.
“Two bodies were sent for autopsy, six more are stored in the Senkata chapel in El Alto,” said director of the institute Andres Flores.
According to local media, the clashes occurred after the convoy was sent to fuel in La Paz , when protesters tried to regain control of the plant of the Bolivian oil and gas corporation YPFB.
With the help of dynamite, protesters blew up the wall of the enterprise, after which the police at the oil product warehouse opened fire.
Former President Evo Morales said on Twitter that the incident was the result of a “genocide policy” against the people. “The dictatorship in the person of (opposition leader Carlos) Mesa, (opposition leader Luis) Camacho, (Acting President Janine) Agnes and their accomplices … today led to the death of six brothers in a coordinated operation with the United States,” wrote Morales.
Bolivian Defense Minister Fernando Lopez said the armed forces hadn’t fired “a single shot,” and noted that the protesters could be explained as “hooliganism.”
The blockade of the Senkath oil refinery by supporters of former President Evo Morales led to the fact that on November 14, the national oil and gas company YPFB stopped supplying gasoline, diesel fuel and liquefied natural gas to the capital region.
In the capital, public transport stopped working. And about. Janine Agnes has appointed President General of the Army Victor Hugo Zamora to the post of head of the ANH National Hydrocarbon Agency, entrusting him with the question of providing the capital region with fuel.
In the presidential election in Bolivia on October 20, Morales won the first round, but his main rival, Carlos Mesa, did not recognize the results of the vote. The armed forces of Bolivia called on Morales to resign to ensure stability in the country, after which he announced his resignation on November 10.
The chairs were left, including the speaker and the first vice speaker of the Senate. The presidential powers temporarily passed to the opposition second vice-speaker of the Senate, Janine Agnes. Proponents of Morales dispute the transfer of authority to Agnes and demand her resignation.
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