LA PAZ – President Evo Morales appealed to the Bush administration to extradite a former Bolivian leader who fled to the United States amid an uprising that left about 60 people dead after a military crackdown on demonstrators.
If extradited, former President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada could face a trial for the civilian deaths. Sánchez de Lozada is living in Washington after fleeing in 2003.
“I am calling on, asking my colleague Bush and his government to do justice together for the people,’’ said Morales after presiding over a memorial ceremony for the victims of a separate street clashes in February 2003 that left more than 32 dead.
“What better than the government of the United States to be able to revoke asylum and expel these people who have left Bolivia in such confrontation?’’ Morales said.
The protests against Sánchez de Lozada surged out of El Alto in October 2003 when mainly poor Indians flooded the streets demanding changes to the president’s free-market policies. AP