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Olivera, Lazarte And Other Marchers Released

April 13, 2001

Prepared by the Andean Information Network

At approximately 2:00 am this morning, Bolivian security forces released marchers that were illegally detained in Pongo yesterday afternoon. Forces left marchers along the highway between La Paz and Cochabamba, the majority in Sacabambilla, 50 miles from Cochabamba.

Bolivian government officials stated that there were no charges against the marchers. Last night the Minister of Government justified Olivera's detention, saying that there was a warrant for his arrest for subversion and attempted murder for the beating of four police intelligence officers by marchers. This appears to be untrue.

Oscar Olivera stated to the press that security forces continued to hit and insult marchers on the bus as they travelled toward Cochabamba. Members of the Cochabamba Permanent Human Rights Assembly continue working to confirm that all marchers that were detained are accounted for.

The remaining columns continue marching toward La Paz. Other social sectors have announced their participation. These violent, illegal detentions have greatly heightened tensions throughout the nation. It is crucial that the government initiate a dialogue with marchers to avoid further violence.

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