At least five are dead in Bolivia after government security forces opened fire on supporters of former president Evo Morales, the Associated Press reported. Dozens more have been injured.
Most of the violence unfolded in the central Bolivian cities of Sacaba and Cochabamba. Many of the dead and injured were indigenous cocoa leaf growers — among Morales’ strongest supporters.
Morales ruled the country for 13 years, but was forced into exile in Mexico this month after allegations of vote-rigging in a campaign for a fourth term as president sparked nationwide protests. Morales denied the charge even as an Organization of American States review found widespread voting irregularities, the wire service reported.
The country’s official ombudsman has called on the interim President Jeanine Áñez to review the deaths.
“We express our alarm and concern over the result of an attempt to stop a demonstration by coca leaf growers from entering the city of Cochabamba,” they said the AP reported.