The army and police forces brutally repressed citizens who were demonstrating near a fuel refinery.
At least eight people were shot dead and another 30 were seriously injured during a joint operation whereby the army and police expelled citizens who were demonstrating near a fuel refinery in Senkata, a highland city located about 25 miles from La Paz.
By mid-morning on Tuesday, with the support of a helicopter that was monitoring civilians, a caravan of armored vehicles managed to reach the state-owned refinery, which President Evo Morales' supporters had been protesting at for several days.
"Three people were killed as a result of gunshots, but the full details are not known yet," Bolivia's Ombudsman said and requested that the Army withdraw immediately to "avoid further deaths."
Once the incidents were publicly known, however, Defense Minister Luis Fernando Lopez denied the army's responsibility in what the population has called "the Senkata massacre."
"The army did not fire a single projectile," Lopez said and repeated "Not a single projectile."
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