Friday, September 2, 2011
Bolivia’s top court has convicted several high-level officials for their part in the deaths of over 60 people during anti-government protests in 2003. In what became known as “Black October,” 69 people were left dead and over 400 injured when, over a period of several days, soldiers repeatedly fired on crowds demonstrating against a government plan to build a gas pipeline through El Alto, near La Paz. After a trial that lasted two years, five senior military officers this week received prison sentences ranging from 10 to 15 years, while the former Ministers of Sustainable Development and of Employment were sentenced to three years each.
(Adapted from a UN Press Release) (mew)