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  • Relatives of the fallen in Senkata ask for justice  while they commemorate one year of the Senkata massacre with a mass and a march in El Alto, Bolivia, where 10 people died during a police and army operation.

    Relatives of the fallen in Senkata ask for justice while they commemorate one year of the Senkata massacre with a mass and a march in El Alto, Bolivia, where 10 people died during a police and army operation. | Photo: EFE

Published 19 November 2020
Opinion

Evo Morales participated and demanded justice in a rally to honor the Senkata massacre victims that took place a year ago in El Alto, Bolivia.

Evo Morales called for the punishment of the authors of the massacre in El Alto, where ten people died in a military operation ordered by the Anez coup government.

"The Bolivian justice system, by its initiative, by its commitment to life, must move forward with the investigation and find those responsible," the former president of the Andean country, Evo Morales, said this Thursday on Twitter, at the same time that he expressed his solidarity with the wounded and the families of the victims of the Senkata massacre, that occurred in 2019.

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Morales, forced to resign from the presidency on November 10, 2019, left the country to pacify the social unrest that ensued after a coup d'état orchestrated by the opposition and supported by the US. He asserted that "there cannot be impunity" without directly mentioning the self-proclaimed interim president Jeanine Áñez, singled out by Parliament as the main responsible for these deaths.

The leader of the Movement to Socialism (MAS) made these statements during a ceremony held in Senkata, a neighborhood of El Alto, to honor the ten victims and human rights activists on the first anniversary of the massacre.

"On behalf of the National Government, we will seek all necessary mechanisms to ensure that victims have justice.

On Monday, we will sign a protocol as a Bolivian State with the IACHR so that everything

that happened in Senkata, Sacaba, and all of Bolivia is investigated impartially."

The repression in Senkata took place four days after a similar police operation left ten people dead among demonstrators protesting the coup d'état. The Southern Zone of Pedregal (La Paz) and Sacaba (Cochabamba) were also the scenarios of violent acts that ended in bloodshed after Morales' resignation,  prompted by his desire to prevent the violence from continuing after weeks of confrontations and attacks against his supporters. 

Experts and analysts have also stressed the importance of creating some truth commission to "judge those responsible for the coup and those responsible for the massacres," so that "the coup leaders and all those responsible for crimes, massacres and corruption pay for all their crimes."

In turn, Bolivia's President-elect Luis Arce pledged earlier this month to order an investigation and find those responsible for the Senkata massacre.

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