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Bolivians report children killed in Porvenir Massacre

They Killed Children; Many Bodies are in Mass Graves

Erbol

Translation: Machetera

Tuesday, September 16, 1:53 a.m.

La Paz. – On Monday, survivors of the “Porvenir Massacre” or the “Cobija Massacre” denounced the killing of a number of children last Thursday in the town of El Porvenir, when assassins shot peasants who were heading toward the area.

In statements to the Erbol Network, the leader of the Pando Peasant Federation, Cristian Domínguez, denounced the fact that vehicles belonging to the Prefecture had been given the work of collecting the lifeless bodies of the peasants in order to inter them in a mass grave. Continue reading

Quick and very dirty update

Machetera has some pressing business this morning and can’t get to translations until later in the day.  In the meantime, she’s scanned the latest reports out of Bolivia regarding the Porvenir Massacre, which as far as the major media are concerned, simply never took place.  If an indigenous person is shot and CNN didn’t see it, did it really happen?

One question that may be on your mind (it occurred to Machetera) is if children were shot in the massacre, where are the bodies?  Reports from Bolivia say that the dump trucks which served as shooting platforms had a dual purpose – the bodies were picked up, stripped, and tossed into a mass grave.

More to come…

Maybe he’ll come to the U.S. on the Santrina

Bolivian Government Promises 30 Years in Jail for Prefect Leopoldo Fernández

Luigino Bracci Roa – Yvke Mundial, Erbol, ABI

Translation: Machetera

Monday, September 15, 2008. 8:21 a.m.

La Paz. – On Sunday the Executive Branch made it clear that it will not negotiate over the deaths from the Pando massacre, nor the responsibility of its material authors, and confirmed, in alluding to the Prefect of Pando, Leopoldo Fernández, that “murderers are not valid interlocutors.”

The Vice President of the Republic, Álvaro García Linera, and the Vice Minister for Coordination with Social Movements, Sacha Llorenti, both made this clear this Sunday at the Palacio Quemado, prior to meetings with the Prefect of Tarija, Mario Cossío, who brought the position of his brethren grouped in the so-called Democratic National Council (Conalde).

“The Government is not going to negotiate the deaths, the Government is not going to negotiate the criminal responsibility of those who perpetrated the massacre, the killers.  This is a separate point, it will not enter into the meeting,” García Linera assured emphatically.  He indicated that at a table for dialogue with the opposition prefects, the criminal would be differentiated from claims, affirming that departmental autonomy and the redistribution of resources from the Direct Tax on Hydrocarbons would be part of the dialogue. Continue reading

Paramilitaries on the run

Genocidal Killers Run to Brazil and Bolivia’s Government Calls for their Detention

Luigino Bracci Roa – Yvke Mundial, ABI

Translation: Machetera

Monday, September 15, 2008. 8:57 a.m.

La Paz and Cobija. – This Sunday, the [Bolivian] government reported that various hired assassins who killed peasants from the Pando town of Porvenir, presumably on orders from Prefect Leopoldo Fernández, fled to Brazil.  The government has asked the neighboring country to arrest them immediately.

“They (the assassins) have gone to the Brazilian side, we’re making efforts with Brazil so that people carrying weapons may be arrested there, of course this business of carrying weapons is illegal in any part of the world,” said the Defense Minister, Walker San Miguel, referring to the killers who machine-gunned a number of peasants in Pando. Continue reading

12 arrested for Porvenir Massacre

Twelve People Arrested for Porvenir Massacre – Weapons Stash Found in Cobija

Luigino Bracci Roa – Yvke Mundial, with reporting from ABI & Erbol

Translation: Machetera

Monday, September 15, 2008 12:08 p.m.

Cobija, Pando. – Early this morning, the [Bolivian] Armed Forces captured a large amount of weaponry stashed in private homes in the city of Cobija, capital of Pando department, where 10 people were also arrested, presumably for their direct involvement in the massacre of peasants on September 11 in El Porvenir and Filadelfia.

In an operation that lasted the entire night, a machine-gun, a telescopic hunting rifle, four rifles, two revolvers and a number of boxes of cartridges, bullets and canisters for explosives were also seized.

“A .22 long caliber rifle with scope, a .38 caliber revolver and a (9 mm) machine-gun, as well as a number of boxes of double-action bullets, which penetrate and explode inside the body, and extra sharp cartridges for scoped rifles were seized,” said General Walter Panozo, Commander of the Pando Emergency Command.  Panozo said that the explosive capacity of the majority of the weaponry seized from private homes would allow for people to be brought down immediately.” Continue reading

Dump trucks as a killing platform

Bolivia: Six Accounts from the Porvenir Massacre

ABN, La Patria Nueva, Erbol

Translation: Machetera

Sunday, September 14, 2008, 10:02 p.m.

Cobija. – After military troops sent by the government of Evo Morales took control of Pando department, the accounts from survivors of last Thursday’s Porvenir Massacre where there are 30 dead, 25 wounded and 106 missing, began to multiply, reported the Bolivian government and the Pando Peasant Workers Federation.

The Bolivarian Erbol Broadcasters Network and Radio Patria Nueva have compiled some of them, which we present in this note.

“They shot at pregnant women and children”

Today a woman leading the Bolivian peasants denounced the fact that during yesterday’s confrontation in Pando, armed opposition groups killed pregnant women and children and those who were driven to the Tahuamanu river. Continue reading

Details of El Porvenir massacre

Photo: ABI (Two of the 16 peasants killed by paramilitaries linked to the Pando Prefecture are laid out in the local Cobija Campesino Market, before being taken to their communities.)

How the Massacre in Porvenir Happened

Luigino Bracci Roa, with reporting from Erbol and ABI – ABI Yvke Mundial

Translation: Machetera

Sunday, September 14, 2008 9:05 a.m.

Last Thursday, a thousand peasants marched toward Cobija to protest the violence driven by the Prefect Leopoldo Fernández, when they were ambushed on a bridge located 7 kilometers from the town of Porvenir, in the department of Pando.  This was the scene of a massacre, executed by civilian groups who’d received weapons training by the government of Leopoldo Fernández.

Initially on Thursday there were 8 deaths reported.  The figure was rising steadily, to 9 dead, then 14, later 15.  This Saturday evening, the government minister Alfredo Rada confirmed that there were 30 dead.  But other officials fear the figure could reach 50 or even 70. Continue reading

This is what a coward and a murderer looks like

The man in the center of this photo, Leopoldo Fernández, is on the run after paramilitaries in the Bolivian department he governs, Pando, ambushed and slaughtered at least 30 and possibly as many as 70 men, women and children.

Bolivia: Death Toll Reaches 30 in Massacre.  Government Unable to Capture Fugitive Prefect

YVKE Mundial (Luigino Bracci Roa), with information from Erbol and ABI

Translation: Machetera

Bolivian military forces finally took control of Cobija, capital of Pando Department, but they have not apprehended the prefect, Leopoldo Fernández, whose detention was ordered on Saturday.  It’s feared that the final number of those killed in last Thursday’s massacre may be much higher.

Sunday, September 14, 2008, 8:27 a.m.

Early this morning the Bolivian Armed Forces took complete control of the city of Cobija, capital of Pando Department, where a state of siege had been declared last Friday after an ambush and slaughter that took the lives of many peasants.

The first unofficial reports indicated that armed separatist groups who controlled the city, at the command of Pando’s prefect, Leopoldo Fernández, did not offer much resistance.  The operation took place between one and two in the morning today, September 14.

The first reports from the Erbol Network indicated that the military operation has taken control of practically the entire city and that shortly a commission will head for Porvenir where the massacre of peasants took place last Thursday.  Until now, Pando’s prefect, and the armed civilian groups that he commanded had obstructed the entry of humanitarian organizations to the scene, and while initial reports mentioned 8 deaths, the figure has increased as the days have gone by. Continue reading