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Morales Calls for International Help to Stop Bolivia ‘Genocide’

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7Dnews London

Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:23 GMT

Bolivia's former President Evo Morales urged the international community Wednesday November 20th to stop what he called a "genocide" in Bolivia, following serious violence that left 32 people dead after his disputed re-election, AFP reported.

"This massacre... is part of a genocide that is happening in our beloved Bolivia," Morales, the country's first indigenous president, told a press conference in Mexico City, where he fled after his resignation. He was accused of falsifying the results of the October 20th ballot to gain re-election.

"I call on the IACHR (Inter-American Commission on Human Rights) and the UN to condemn and stop this massacre of my indigenous brothers, who are simply asking for peace, democracy and respect for human life," Morales said in a separate message on Twitter.

According to the IACHR, at least 32 people have been killed in violence since the October 20th election.

The unrest has intensified since right-wing senator Jeanine Anez declared herself interim president on November 12th, sparking protests by Morales supporters.

Morales condemned the "brutal repression" committed by the military, showing a video with graphic scenes of dead and injured protesters.

The deadliest violence erupted on Friday November 15th in the central city of Cochabamba, where nine people were killed in clashes between Morales backers and the security forces.

Bolivian authorities said eight others were killed on Tuesday November 19th in a confrontation between security forces and protesters around a fuel plant near La Paz.

For her part, Anez said she would call for new elections. But she has insisted Morales will not be allowed to participate, saying if he returns to Bolivia, he will face justice for his alleged crimes. Morales has denied wrongdoing.

"It pains me, because we managed to grow Bolivia's economy, with so much effort. We had lifted the country from poverty, and now they're destroying it," he said, adding that he still considers himself Bolivia's legitimate president.

Morales resigned on November 10th under pressure from protesters, civil groups, security forces and allies, as well as an international audit which found serious irregularities in the election count. He then fled to Mexico after losing the support of the security forces.


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