Former President Massacred Bolivians

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La Paz, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) New evidences states on Friday that former Bolivian President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada (2002-2003), accused of genocide but now living in the United States, ordered a massacre in October 2003. The Attorney General’s office presented the documents at a trial against the former statesman, which proves the creation of a joint task and the mobilization of anti-guerrilla special groups settled in Santa Cruz and Beni.

A police repression that obliged Sanchez de Lozada to resign his post and flee the country that date, killed 68 people and wounded some 400.

The revelation emerged with the introduction the attorney general’s office did on Thursday in the trial against the former president, as of a declaration by General Marcelo Antezana, Army’s former commander, in the Justice Supreme Court.

According with the justice operator, the documents were signed on September 20 and October 11, 2003 and sent to Armed Forces’ commanders in chief Generals Gonzalo Rocabado Mercado and Roberto Claros.

A popular protest in El Alto city between September and October 2003 and rejected to the exportation of natural gas through Chilean ports, was violently repressed for several days by soldiers who carried weapons and war ammunition.

More than 30 former military officers will declare next week the case of the alleged destruction of documents about military operations taking place during that massacre.

Source: Prensa Latina


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