September 27, 2011
La Paz, Sep 27 (Prensa Latina) The government decided to create a special, international and national commission to investigate, starting on Tuesday, incidents occurred on Sunday in an indigenous march to oppose an interdepartmental road project.
President Evo Morales himself ordered to create the working group which will assess details and responsibles of a police operation that broke up the mobilization by the use of force on the bridge of San Lorenzo (Beni) between towns of Yucumo and Limoncito.
According to Morales, the high-level commission should be constituted by international organizations, the Office of the Ombudsman and of Human Rights, among others, so to make a deep analysis on the case.
Morales also made clear he condemns the police repression against indigenous people.
The deployment of police forces in the area was directed to avoid clashes between indigenous protesters and locals of Yucumo, who support the road project, Morales said.
Indigenous protesters began a march on Aug. 15 while asking the government to stop a second stage of a road project that will link cities of Villa Tunari (Cochabamba) and San Ignacio de Moxos (Beni).