Bolivia: At least one dead during military operation at Senkata hydrocarbons

November 19, 2019

At least one protester died and two were injured during a police and military operation at the Senkata hydrocarbons plant in the Bolivian city of El Alto, next to La Paz, on Tuesday.
Footage shows a group of people carrying a body covered by blankets to an ambulance.
“It’s a shame to see a comrade die in this way, because he died in my hands. Seeing it was a shot in the heart, how sad to see something like that,” said the doctor who tried to save the protester’s life.

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Pro-Morales protesters block oil refinery near La Paz

Nov.17, 2019

Indigenous supporters of former Bolivian President Evo Morales continued the blockade of the Bolivian Fiscal Oil Fields (YPFB) Senkata oil refinery in El Alto, a city adjacent to La Paz, on Sunday.
Footage shows protesters with Wiphala flags gathered on the site, and blocking the road with a fire.
Alejandro Gutierrez, one of the demonstrators, said: “we have gathered in this town hall, [and made a decision] that indefinite blockade will be carried out, we will definitely block until this coup is over.”
Another protester, Josefa Terri, deplored the current political situation in Bolivia by saying “I cry for my people, I’m already old for this, I’ve been fighting to have my home, this town has fought, and now they want to take everything.”
The ongoing blockade has reportedly led to fuel shortages in El Alto and La Paz.