The former senator has not offered a convincing response to those affected by the violence that the Bolivian security forces deployed to guarantee the success of her coup d'etat.
“I pay tribute to all the people of El Alto, their heroes, families, and courage. Because they are always there to defend freedom and democracy... We are going for a better future for this city,” Añez said.
So far, however, she has not offered apologies or compensation for the victims. Nor has Añez taken legal action against those responsible for the deaths.
Rindo homenaje a todos los alteños, a sus héroes, a sus familias, a su valentía. Porque siempre están ahí para defender la libertad y la democracia. ¡Felicidades El Alto! Vamos por un futuro cada vez mejor para esta ciudad. pic.twitter.com/sxCCHm8sJv
Bolivia's former president Evo Morales has denounced the abuses committed by the U.S.-backed regime, which is destroying institutions, policies, and laws built for the protection of the population's human rights.
The events at El Alto provoked the rage of victims' relatives who expressed their discontent by confronting the police and throwing eggs to former presidential candidate Oscar Ortiz.
The Ombudsman's Office condemned the indiscriminate use of tear gas and reminded the Bolivian police that their actions must respect "international standards for the protection and guarantee of individual rights and collectives.”