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Bolivian police shoot anti-coup protesters in El Alto

Police detain a man who was protesting against the coup d'etat.  (Photo: Reuters)

Police detain a man who was protesting against the coup d'etat.  (Photo: Reuters)

La Paz, November 12 (RHC)-- Bolivian police on Monday harshly repressed people in El Alto who took to the streets to protest against the coup that forced the resignation of Evo Morales.  Images uploaded on social media attest to a number of injured, however, there are no official figures on the number of victims.

“The police repress with firearms to cause deaths and injuries in El Alto. My solidarity with those innocent victims, including a girl, and the El Alto's heroic people who is defending democracy,” former President Evo Morales tweeted.​​​​​

Over the last week, far-right groups have staged acts of aggression against the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) authorities and politicians.  Selective burning of houses and beatings against Evo's supporters, however, have not been reported in a timely manner by international and local media.

In this regard, for example, in Argentina, where Mauricio Macri will remain in the presidency until December, the Press Workers Union (SiPREBA) on Monday denounced that the directors of the National Radio network prohibited its journalists from writing or speaking about the existence of a coup in Bolivia.

Nevertheless, according to social net videos posted on Monday, it is known that at least six citizens were shot, around 30 people were injured and a girl was rescued by anti-coup protesters in El Alto.

Indigenous leaders and social activists denounced that the police have joined the coup, which is being supported by former commander Yuri Calderon who publicly threatened to arrest MAS supporters.

“The first thing we should do is organize groups in all cities. We are going to stop all the leaders who are causing anxiety,” Calderón said at the time of submitting his resignation on Sunday, when he “suggested” Evo Morales to leave the presidency.

Edited by Ed Newman
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