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Reports of New Massacre of Civilians Carried Out in Bolivia

There are reports breaking this morning of a fresh massacre of protesters in Bolivia, military and police forces allegedly having once again opened fire on civilians protesting the illegal seizure of power by Senator Jeanine Anez.

Videos shared on social media show a protestor being shot in the stomach as he stands peacefully filming events while the military launch an assault at Achocalla in the La Paz Department.

Residents of the Morales stronghold had refused to allow the army access and stated that would no longer be sending food to La Paz as a peaceful resistance to the seizure of power. 

The military it now appears have launched an assault against the resisting population.

Achocalla, Department of La Paz, Bolivia. Sunday, November 17: they report that they will not allow the military to enter the territory
New and massive mobilizations in the city of La Paz against new government. These are settlers of Achocalla. They announce that they will not send food to La Paz.

The alarming news comes following yet further escalation in violence as the regime launches a full-scale wave of oppression against the protesting indigenous community and left-wing activists.

Earlier today we reported that 23 protesters had now been killed with 715 injured and over 1000 arrested amidst a sanctioned wave of violence and intimidation against left-wing activists and the indiginious population, much of the violence being racist related.

There are fears that the new claims of a massacre at Achocalla could be as serious a loss of life as the killings at Cochabamba on Thursday when nine protestors were killed by security forces. The massacre began when coca growers tried to enter Cochabamba and the army and police forces opened fire on the crowds.

The funerals of victims took place this weekend with the coffins covered with Wiphala flags.

The coup regime has preemptively exempted the armed forced from criminal charges relating to their suppression of protesters, essentially giving them carte blanche to carry out atrocities as they try and quell popular opposition to the seizure of power from the democratically elected government.

Government of Añez issues decree to exempt military from criminal responsibilities in the repression (all within the framework of the CPE, obviously). It was a requirement of the Armed Forces

Evo Morales’ Movement to Socialism party has denounced the decree.

There are also incredibly alarming reports that the regime is planning on creating new laws to allow the detention of left-wing politicians and lawmakers.

Despite the killings, Bolivians remain defiant and supporters of Evo Morales have blockaded the Bolivian Fiscal Oil Fields (YPFB) Senkata oil refinery in El Alto, a city adjacent to La Paz.

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.”

“It’s been four days since she’s in parliament and we already have 27 dead, that’s why we don’t want to leave this, she quits and we will end it immediately but we ask her to quit.”

Elva Ariano, Protester

The latest killings have come amidst serious levels of oppression and violence in the country, the junta engaging in a campaign of violent suppression of dissent, sending hit-squads from the house to house, attacking peaceful protests and shutting media outlets across the country.

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