At least three people killed in riots in Bolivia
In Bolivia, there were again clashes between followers of former President Morales and the military. The situation escalated when a blockade was cleared.
At least three people have died in clashes between supporters of resigning Bolivian President Evo Morales and security forces. Another 30 people were injured when soldiers and police cleared blockades of demonstrators in the city of El Alto, the state ombudsman said. The people had been killed by gunfire.
In El Alto, followers of Morales block a fuel plant for days. The escalation occurred when police and soldiers escorted tankers from the facility to the nearby government seat of La Paz. As seen on television, the police used tear gas against the demonstrators. The number of individuals murdered in the mobs of late weeks rose to 27.
The military claimed the mission was peaceful. “Agitators and Vandals” had attacked the fuel plant “with high-performance explosives” and partially destroyed. Defense Minister Fernando López said the troops did not use firearms.