Four more deaths in Bolivia protests: rights commission

Cheryl Sanders
November 17, 2019

Bolivia's Ombudsman's Office called on the interim government to investigate if the security forces had acted within the constitution and worldwide protocols on human rights.

Ms Anez said on Friday that Morales was free to return to Bolivia, but would have to respond to allegations of electoral fraud and would not be immune from investigation.

The national Ombudsman's Office said Sunday the death toll had risen to eight.

The new deaths were announced after five protesters were killed in clashes with security forces on Friday in central Bolivia, a political stronghold of exiled ex-president Evo Morales.

Under intense pressure - Morales' 14-year socialist rule ended on Sunday, after violent protests sparked by accusations of vote rigging in the October election.

Morales's party, now the opposition, has asked for a session of both chambers of Bolivia's legislature this Tuesday to discuss a plan for holding the elections to replace the interim government.

Bolivia's interim government said on Friday it had asked Venezuelan officials to leave the country, and accused Cubans, including doctors, of instigating unrest after the resignation of former president Evo Morales.

Prior to his stepping down, an audit by the Organization of American States - to which the Canadian government lent support - found widespread irregularities.

Increasing unrest and a spiralling body count prompted Morales to strike a more conciliatory tone with the government of Anez in recent days.

"We're not going to let them make us flee, nor humiliate us. If not the whole country is going to close in on her", said Enrique Mamani, 21, a local resident.

Morales stepped down November 10 under pressure from the military.

Supporters of Morales, who had been Bolivia's president for nearly 14 years and was the last survivor from the "pink tide" of South American leftist leaders, have been staging disruptive protests since his ouster, setting up blockades that forced closure of schools and caused shortages of gasoline in the capital. "There's division in Bolivia". The vote gave him a win but was marked by allegations of fraud and anger over his refusal to accept the results of a referendum preventing him from running for a fourth term.

Mr Morales claims that he officially remains the president since the country's parliament has not yet accepted his resignation. The country's Constitutional court has backed her position that she did not need to be confirmed by Congress to take control of the country.

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