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Bolivian people and police officers participate in a Mass offered in intention of peace in the country, in La Paz Bolivian people and police officers participate in a Mass offered in intention of peace in the country, in La Paz 

Crisis escalates in Bolivia

Bolivian Security Forces shoot dead eight protesters, escalating the socio-political crisis in the nation. The latest development was discussed at a meeting between the Country`s Interim President and a United Nations Envoy.

By James Blears

United Nations Director of Human Rights former Chilean President Michele Bachelet, has described the fatal shooting incident in the City of Sacaba, as an extremely dangerous development in the Bolivian situation. And she`s stressing that it could deteriorate completely out of control. The Inter American Commission on Human Rights says that excessive force was used.

Bolivia`s Interim President Jeanine Anez has met with UN Envoy Jean Arnault, with the aim of stabilizing the unrest, so fresh Elections can be held within three months. Evo Morales who resigned as President on November 10th, after the Army demanded it, is now in Mexico, which granted him political asylum. He describes the Interim Government back home as a dictatorship. It`s denying him the opportunity to be a candidate in the upcoming Presidential Election, saying he`ll be put on trial if he attempts to return.

The seeds of the problem were rooted in The Movement Towards Socialism Party successfully challenging a referendum, barring Evo Morales for seeking a fourth consecutive term. He won the Election, but an Organization of Americans States Audit Team said that widespread fraud invalidated it.

Listen to the report by James Blears

 

17 November 2019, 16:11