‘This is What a Dictatorship Looks Like’: Bolivian Security Forces Open Fire on Indigenous Protesters in City of Cochabamba

“State violence in Bolivia.”

November 15, 2019
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Bolivian security forces opened fire on Indigenous protesters Friday in the city of Cochabamba in response to demonstrations against the right-wing regime that forced democratically-elected President Evo Morales to resign on Sunday.

“This is what a dictatorship looks like,” said attorney and activist Eva Golinger in a tweet sharing images of police forces opening fire on protesters.

As Common Dreams reported, a mass demonstration movement against the unelected government of interim acting President Jeanine Añez spread across the country Friday. Protesters are demanding Añez step down and that Morales be restored to power.

The protesters in Cochabamba were majority Indigenous, according to reports. Many of the demonstrators in the city were coca growers.

“Footage emerging from Cochabamba, Bolivia shows the aftermath of a massacre of indigenous protesters carried out by coup soldiers and police,” tweeted filmmaker Dan Cohen. “This will be ignored by western media.”

Images and video from the protest and attack show the violence in explicit detail.

Published at https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/15/what-dictatorship-looks-bolivian-security-forces-open-fire-indigenous-protesters

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