June 19, 2013
Police authorities unable to enter area to asses the situationSaturday, December 11, 2010
One more dead, nine injured after Villa Soldati residents collide with squatters in bloody confrontation
A 19-year old man was killed and at least nine people were seriously injured in a violent clash between residents in the Villa Soldati area and squatter families settling in the Indoamericano Park nearby, the head of the SAME emergency services confirmed.
Nine of the injured were taken to the Piñero and Santojanni hospitals, where one of them remains in critical condition.
SAME paramedic Obdulio González was hospitalized due to suffering from severe stress, after several protesters intercepted and broke into the ambulance he was driving, killing an injured man they were trying to save by shooting him point blank in the head.
Three others remain in the hospital with several gunshot wounds.
Several youngsters and teenagers could be seen brandishing sticks, stones and firearms as they approached many of the news vans parked nearby which were broadcasting the confrontation live.
A mob composed of approximately 30 people is thought to have begun the aggression against the squatters, as they also attacked journalists covering the clash for the America, Canal 26 and C5N networks.
Witnesses assure they kept telling journalists to "film the Bolivian squatters" instead of them.
As they turned violent against the C5N news van, journalists from all networks decided to leave the area out of fear of being attacked as well.
"All squatters and Bolivians have to leave and we have to prove to them that we're stronger than they are," the angry mob chanted.
The identity of the fourth victim remains unknown.
According to witnesses, he was extracted from the ambulance that was taking him to the hospital and was executed by unidentified men.
The overall situation continues to be extremely overwhelming, with police officials and the paramedics unable to enter the Indoamericano Park in order to asses the situation.