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Bolivia: At least one dead during military operation at Senkata hydrocarbons

0 19.11.2019 Инфо

M/S Health personnel carrying body to ambulance
SOT, Bolivian Doctor (Spanish): "It is really sad what is happening here, in district eight. At that time, I was helping the injured person, I was providing the first aid he needed, I have also received shots from those who cannot recognise what a doctor looks like when he is in uniform and caring for the injured. For me it is very worrying, and it is a shame to see a comrade dying in that way, because he died in my hands. Seeing it was a bullet in the heart, how sad to see something like that. I demand to all the medical staff, nurses, come and help us here because we have no doctors, we have no one to help us with the wounded we have here, I am alone. I can't do anything, I'm just doing what I can do as a health professional, helping people who are hurt. I ask all of you, really, to come and work with medical staff deployed here, to the Red Cross to come. Where is the Red Cross that should be here right now? It is really annoying that there are neither firemen nor Red Cross here. That bothers us, we as health professionals have come to save lives, not to kill. That is my job right now, I am doing what I can do, I cannot go beyond that."
At least one protester died and two were injured during a police and military operation at the Senkata hydrocarbons plant in the Bolivian city of El Alto, next to La Paz, on Tuesday.
Footage shows a group of people carrying a body covered by blankets to an ambulance.
"It's a shame to see a comrade die in this way, because he died in my hands. Seeing it was a shot in the heart, how sad to see something like that," said the doctor who tried to save the protester's life.
Earlier on Tuesday, tankers full of gas and fuel escorted by police and soldiers broke through a group of protesters blocking the hydrocarbons plant.
Demonstrations in El Alto, a stronghold of indigenous and farmers movements supporting former President Evo Morales, have intensified in recent days. Since Morales was forced to resign on November 10th, 21 people have been killed in Bolivia according to figures from the Ombudsman's Office.