Arce calls for “justice” for the victims who “defended democracy” in the Bolivian protests

MADRID, 30 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) –

The president of Bolivia, Luis Arce, has demanded this Sunday “justice” for those who “defended democracy at the cost of their lives” during the Senkata protests in November 2019, in which a dozen people died as a result of the repression of the Army and the Police.

“Many leaders and citizens of Senkata were accused of sedition and terrorism by a de facto government that did not respect the Human Rights of the people that demanded democracy for Bolivia,” Arce wrote in his Twiiter account.

“Justice must prevail and the image of Senkata’s sisters and brothers must be cleaned up. Our solidarity with them who defended democracy at the cost of their lives,” added the Bolivian president.

Arce’s words come days after the arrival in Bolivia of a group of experts from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to investigate what happened in both Senkata, Sacaba, and the rest of the violent episodes recorded after the failed elections of October 2019, where the opposition and part of the Army did not recognize the victory of former President .

So far, only one person has been arrested for these events, it is the commander of the Armed Forces, General Alfredo Cuéllar, in house arrest for a few days after being accused of murder for the acts that occurred in Sacaba, where at least five of the eleven fatalities died as a result of bullet holes by the security forces.

Between September and December 2019, a hundred injured and at least 37 deaths were registered during the protests and blockades that emerged after the resignation of former President , who left the country for Argentina, after passing through Mexico.

ÁÑEZ ASKS THE IACHR TO “GIVE THE SIZE”

For her part, former interim president has also used social networks, but in her case, to request “impartiality” and “professionalism” from the IACHR during its investigations.

“It is very important that the IACHR measure up,” he wrote on Twiiter, where he appealed to the “impartiality”, “seriousness” and “professionalism” of the body, since “Bolivia and the world look closely at its work “.

Áñez, who in recent days has been denouncing alleged pressure from the ruling party, could face a liability trial for the crimes of genocide, murder, and violations of the Constitution, if the proposal presented by the Legislative Assembly goes ahead.

Both Áñez and some of his ministers are being denounced for violating the Constitution after signing Supreme Decree 4078 during the protests, which exempted Police and Armed Forces agents from criminal responsibilities during the exercise of their duties in the demonstrations.

Finally, days later, internal and international pressure caused Áñez to march and end up repealing the rule.

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