four new deaths in demonstrations

Since the beginning of the crisis that shakes the country, the record would be at least twenty-three deaths, including nine since Friday. The government challenges this figure provided by an organ of the Organization of American States.

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Clashes between police and supporters of former President Evo Morales, Cochabamba, Saturday, November 16. Juan Karita / AP

Four people were killed on Saturday, November 16, in protests in Bolivia, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has announced, bringing to at least 23 deaths the toll since the end of October and the beginning of the crisis that is shaking the country,

The IACHR, an organ of the Organization of American States (OAS), has also registered at least 122 wounded since Friday, she said on his Twitter account.

The IACHR has counted nine deaths since Friday, figures corroborated by the Defender of the People (equivalent of the Defender of Rights in France) of Cochabamba (center), stronghold of the former president Evo Morales, who resigned on November 10. Clashes between partisans of the former head of the socialist state and the police since the right-wing Senator Jeanine Añez took power.

This balance sheet since Friday, however, differs from that established by the government, which maintains five deaths to date. Jerjes Justiniano, Minister of the Presidency, told reporters Saturday night that he was going to ask "Forensic Pathologists Accelerate Their Work"without confirming this new balance sheet.

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A "serious" presidential decree

The IACHR has also "Serious" the decree taken Thursday by Mme Añez which allows the participation of the army in the maintenance of the order while exonerating it of all penal responsibilities.

Mr. Morales criticized this decree on Twitter as saying he was giving "Carte blanche and impunity to massacre the people". Evo Morales, 60, had proclaimed himself the winner of the presidential election on October 20, thus claiming to carry out a fourth term.

But the opposition shouted at the fraud and many demonstrations, sometimes very violent, took place. A mutiny in the police and finally his cowardice by the army pushed him to leave the presidency.

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