SACABA, BOLIVIA – Five supporters of former president Evo Morales have been killed Friday in violent clashes between protesters and safety forces in Bolivia, in keeping with an AFP correspondent who noticed the our bodies at a hospital.
Authorities didn’t report any deaths in the riots exterior Cochabamba, although it mentioned 100 individuals have been detained. Media stories mentioned eight have been wounded.
Clashes had damaged out Friday in the suburbs of Cochabamba, the place hundreds of coca growers have been making an attempt to achieve town middle 11 miles (18 kilometers) away to hitch a protest in opposition to interim chief Jeanine Anez.
However they have been blocked by police, who stopped them from crossing a bridge.
The protesters carried “weapons, guns, Molotov cocktails, homemade bazookas and explosive devices,” Cochabamba police commander Colonel Jamie Zurita mentioned.
“They used dynamite and deadly weapons like the Mauser 765 (rifle). Neither the armed forces nor the police are equipped with such a caliber, I am worried,” he mentioned.
The group was dispersed after darkish by riot police, who have been supported by the military and a helicopter.
Morales resigned and fled to Mexico after dropping the help of Bolivia’s safety forces following weeks of protests over his disputed Oct. 20 reelection.
With the 5 protesters killed Friday, the loss of life toll from the unrest rises to 15 with greater than 400 wounded.