LA PAZ – A young man died at a hospital from the severe injuries he sustained on Wednesday in clashes in central Bolivia, becoming the third fatality in Bolivia’s violence since the general election that took place two-and-a-half weeks ago.
Limbert Guzman, 20, was rushed to a hospital in the Cochabamba region after suffering serious injuries during clashes between supporters and detractors of President Evo Morales, who was re-elected in the recent elections. The opposition has rejected the result and staged mass protests against the president.
According to the hospital, the young man was brought to the Viedma hospital with severe traumatic brain injuries and a fractured skull base, and was already brain dead by the time he arrived at the clinic. He died at 8:45 pm local time.
The Bolivian Ombudsman’s Office posted a tweet mourning the death “as a result of violent clashes in the Huayculi Bridge sector in the city of Cochabamba” and urged the government to investigate and punish those responsible.
The deceased young man was one of 34 injured in the wave of violence on that day in the central region of Cochabamba.
Bolivian Chief of Police Yuri Calderon explained to the media in La Paz that most of those injured suffered bruises from sticks and stones.
The police chief claimed that people were injured in clashes between groups of protesters in which explosives were used.
The Cochabamba region recorded serious clashes between Morales’ supporters and detractors from early morning until late at night.
Protests have been underway for more than two weeks in Bolivia, after the opposition and citizen groups denounced fraud in the vote-counting, which went in favor of the incumbent president.
Morales has won a fourth consecutive term at the helm of the executive, but the country’s opposition refuses to recognize his victory and has called for fresh elections.