On November 21st, protests continued throughout Bolivia, after a violent response by the coup government to a blockade of El Alto’s Senkata hydrocarbon plant.
Despite recognition by the Organization of American States (OAS), the US and even a conditional recognition of Russia, self-proclaimed Interim President Jeanine Anez’ government struggles to consolidate any sort of power.
It is attempting to do so through heavy repression and is resorting to violence even in the face of little to no provocation. Various independent correspondents are on the ground in Bolivia, providing videos and reports, and they are, as expected, getting very limited mention in the media.
Preview tomorrow: Massive march will leave Senkata and head towards the center of El Alto and down to La Paz consisting of Alteños, communities of Norte de Potosí who arrived in Senkata today, and other campesinos. I’ll be livestreaming on @MintPressNews. pic.twitter.com/BFyNCsBpB3
— Camila (@camilapress) November 21, 2019
Supporters of “former” President Evo Morales marched in El Alto, one day after authorities broke off a blockade of the Senkata hydrocarbon plant. At least 8 people were killed in the clashes.
This brought the total number of officially reported dead to at least 23.
— Camila (@camilateleSUR) November 20, 2019
During the procession on the next day, the coffins were carried as part of it and authorities forced the protesters to drop the coffins on the ground.
The video underneath shows people peacefully protesting, with authorities clashing with them with teargas and armored vehicles.
Brutal repression in #Bolivia. Protestors carried the bodies of the people killed in Senkata yesterday. As you can see, they had to leave the caskets on the floor.
How can the Bolivian people ever trust in the police again? After the coup and this repression? pic.twitter.com/XbKkLR4syR
— Latinx Socialists of America (@LatinxSocUS) November 22, 2019
The video shows the procession of thousands of people descending on the capital La Paz from El Alto and how they were met by authorities supporting the coup government.
Here's the electrifying moment when coffins bearing the victims of Tuesday's massacre in El Alto by the Bolivian junta began descending on the capital
1000s of indigenous & working class Alteños are accompanying the bodies to the seat of power & demanding Añez resign immediately pic.twitter.com/7AKiU8yDFn
— Wyatt Reed (@wyattreed13) November 21, 2019
There are, furthermore, reports of heavy press censorship and “sellout press.”
The whole time I've been in Bolivia I've heard about the "prensa vendida," aka the sellout press. Watch here as they harass an independent journalist, keep him from doing the job they *should* be doing, then hand deliver him to the army!
Anyone who shows this gets shut down. pic.twitter.com/wY5dwgu4lS
— Wyatt Reed (@wyattreed13) November 22, 2019
Another video was uploaded, showing military personnel praying on their knees, before they go out and thwart the protests of the indigenous people who aren’t Christian.
A video of praying Bolivian security forces defending the right-wing military coup before going out to beat up, maim & massacre Indigenous protesters. Over 23 protesters have been killed & hundreds wounded since the coup.
In Bolivia today the Bible & the batton go hand in hand. pic.twitter.com/Pb7O5D1Jdh
— redfish (@redfishstream) November 21, 2019
In the city of Sacaba, Bolivia, there was only one single foreign correspondent reporting on what was going on the ground – a Russian journalist from Vesti, his report and the situation can be seen in the video below, with included English subtitles.
Wyatt Reed, furthermore recorded how peaceful protests marching on the ground were met with tear gas and immediately dispersed, when they’ve clearly done very little to warrant such a response.
Here's the moment, just minutes ago, when peaceful, mainly working class and indigenous people began to flee the waves of tear gas unleashed by Bolivian armed forces in La Paz.
— Wyatt Reed (@wyattreed13) November 21, 2019
As it was becoming more and more obvious, the new government, under self-proclaimed interim President Jeanine Anez is a government of repression and violence and it may just be a matter of time that the military and police’s heavy-handed response escalates the situation to a civil war.
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