Violence Explodes in
Written by the Andean Information Network,
The pending explosion in
MAS proposal on Constituent Assembly fails to alleviate tensions
On January 10, MAS approved a plan to move forward in the Constituent Assembly. MAS offered to accept to the opposition's demand of a two-thirds vote on each item, on the condition that if the constitution has not been approved by
Police unable to contain building friction
Through out the day social groups blocked roads in downtown
After reprisals from the central government on their handling of Monday's protests, when the city police tear-gassed protesters on the main plaza, the police's actions have been restrained. The police appeared to be reluctant to intervene decisively to stop the fighting, but have been assisting emergency medical personnel. The marching and fighting is ongoing.
According to press accounts during the chaos, two of the dead are coca growers, one from a bullet wound, and another is a 20 year old from the Youth for Democracy. The hospital emergency room is overflowing and, as the state television channel replayed the day's football games, a ticker calling for blood, doctors and nurses scrolls across the screen. The cocaleros have brought their dead to the Plaza principal to mourn and the number of pro-MAS protestors marching on the plaza carrying sticks continues to swell.
The Morales Administration waited until to issue a statement and has called out the military to secure the streets of
This evening, Garcia Linera gave a press conference chiding Reyes Villa for not acceding to MAS offers for dialogue and for leaving
In spite of expressions of mourning from prefecture and MAS administration officials, and repeated exhortations from human rights groups for productive dialogue, neither side seems willing or have sufficient valor to budge even an inch to pacify the war torn city.