Bolivia’s ex authorities Destroy October Massacre Documents

La Paz, Feb 19 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian Attorney General”s Office denounced on Friday that ex Armed Forces authorities destroyed documents related to the so called October Massacre(2003), when the government of Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada suppressed a social demonstration that caused 68 deaths.

  According to Attorney Milton Mendoza, who had access to classified files of that time, much of the intelligence information disappeared, as well as reports that usually are at the General Staff Department 2.

Mendoza revealed that by order of former Arm Force Chief, General Roberto Claros, documentation at large encampments was burned, and a huge cumul of relevant data to build the story of what happened in the September and October Massacre in 2003 got lost.

He also stated that what happened to the military information shows that a similar practice existed over the years, as well as a culture of concealment, beacause traces and evidence were always erased to cover and leave unpunished those responsible for the deaths.

He also said that the few data collected on military files made it possible to determine liabilities against the High Militar Command of Sanchez de Lozada, now a fugitive in the United States.

The process includes General Claros, but also the General Gonzalo Rocabado, former chief of Staff, General Juan Veliz, former Army chief, General Osvaldo Quiroga, former Air Force chief, and Admiral Luis Aranda, former Naval Force chief, among other high-ranking officers.

The former Castroâ�Ös military authorities will be investigated as a consequence of the documents disappearance once having the order of the Staff Attorney General, said.

Mendoza also leads the research on 60 to 80 military dictatorships and he should receive by February 26 declassified documents by the Armed Forces.

According to the attorney, this research could reveal the location of the remains of Marcelo Quiroga Santa Cruz, Carlos Flores and Renato Ticona Bedregal, among other leftist leaders killed in Luis Garcia Meza’s government, between 1980 and 1981.

Source: Prensa Latina

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