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Bolivia Crisis: 8 Killed, Dozens Injured As Police Open Fire On Evo Morales Supporters

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Bolivia Crisis: 8 Killed, Dozens Injured As Police Open Fire On Evo Morales Supporters

IMAGE: Reuters/Henry Romero

The post-coup government is not shy to use force against supporters of Bolivia’s ousted president Evo Morales.

On November 16, officials reported at least 8 civilians were killed and dozens others were injured when police loyal to the post-coup government of Bolivia opened fire at pro-Morales rallies. The deadliest incident happened in Sacaba, near the city of Cochabamba.

Morales, who was granted asylum in Mexico after his November 10 resignation, described the development as a “massacre” and said that the interim government led by Jeanine Áñez is a dictatorship.

In an interview with al-Jazeera, Morales said he should be allowed to return to Bolivia and complete his final term in office.

“I can’t be outside of the country. I’m used to being with the people as a union leader, president, doing work,” Morales said.

“I miss it (Bolivia) a lot. I’m looking for a legal way to go back and be with the people as they resist the dictatorship, the coup.”

A violence is increasing across Bolivia. Some local media and activists have started describing the ongoing developments as a kind of “civili war”. As many previous “civil wars”, this is slowly erupting from the illegal coup against the democratically-elected government.

Meanwhile, the post-coup government has started a rapid revision of the country’s foreign and domestic policies. On November 15, the post-coup regime announced that Bolivia leaves the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) and removed from posts around 80% of ambassadors to other countries. In the domestic policy, the new government strongly supports international corporations that has suffered a series of setbacks in the country during the Morales term.

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