They demand justice for three years of the Senkata massacre in Bolivia
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The president of the Association of Victims of Senkata, Marisol Rodrigues, demanded justice from the Bolivian government so that what happened in this South American nation during the 2019 coup d’état does not go unpunished.


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Three years after the massacre that occurred in that town in El Alto, relatives of the victims participated in an act to remember them and demand that the perpetrators be criminally tried.

Rodrigues stressed that the relatives are asking for “a fair process and investigation against those authorities, military and police who acted and violated the rights.”

He recalled that four days before the Sacaba massacre occurred, in Cochabamba, with a balance of 11 deaths and some 120 wounded also by shots.

In addition, he stressed that in previous days the de facto government of Jeanine Áñez signed decree 4078, which was called the “death decree”, through which they gave the uniformed officers carte blanche to massacre the people.

“What we want is that what (…) happened from November 11 to November 19, 2019 does not remain in impunity,” he said.

He regretted that after three years “there continues to be impunity, Mrs. Áñez has not received a trial for the murders and injuries of 2019. She is in jail, but it is for another case. What we ask is that they expedite the case for Senkata and a fair investigation,” she said.

On November 19, 2019, Police and Army forces repressed a demonstration by people opposed to the coup d’état and the de facto authority headed by Áñez.

The demonstrators demanded the return of democratic institutions and the reinstatement of former President Evo Morales in his constitutional functions. Due to the shots from the uniformed officers, ten people lost their lives and 47 were injured.

The Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) investigated in 2021 the facts of the 2019 crisis and determined that massacres occurred in Senkata and Sacaba. A judicial process is currently taking place, with several soldiers accused of crimes of terrorism, sedition and conspiracy.

The tribute to the victims was joined by Evo Morales, who through Twitter denounced “that the masterminds and material authors of these crimes and human rights violations benefit from impunity.”

On the other hand, in the 25 de Julio square, in Senkata, the cultural meeting “Memory, Conscience and Justice” took place, organized by the Ombudsman’s Office and with the participation of the victims’ association.

The Ombudsman, Pedro Callisaya, placed a floral offering to the victims and expressed the importance of “keeping memory alive to fight for the exercise of our rights.”

The president of the Chamber of Senators, Andrónico Rodríguez, also recalled the fact, who called for the unity of the organizations in demand for justice.

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