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Coffins left in the middle of the street, with people running around in despair while the police threw tear gas, was the sad image that ended on Thursday a massive march that had quietly reached La Paz.
The procession with coffins departed from the neighboring city of El Alto, to advance about 16 kilometers in about four hours of walking until reaching the center of La Paz.
The crowd accompanied several coffins with the bodies of some of the eight deceased when a military and police operation sought last Tuesday to defeat the siege of hundreds of protesters to free a convoy of tank trucks in El Alto.
The core of this great procession was made up of tens of thousands of people were the coffins, placed on the roofs of vehicles.
A demonstration partly funeral and partly protest against the transitional government of the Bolivian president, Jeanine Añez.
The wiphala, the multicolored squared flag of the Indians, stood out with black crepes in the crowd.
"Añez, coup, the people do not love you" , shouted thousands of men and women, many of them cholas, Aymara Indians, who believe that the departure of Evo Morales from the Presidency of the country was pushed by the armed forces and therefore a coup.
"We want it is justice," Marlene Limachi, a woman from Senkata, in the area of El Alto where there were the dead, told Efe, who said that the day the army intervened in the fuel plant allegedly also had helicopters from where He shot the protesters.
Applause in La Paz
The march led by thousands of alterations as soon as they began their descent to La Paz was received by hundreds of people on the sides of the roads along which they advanced, to applaud, chant the same slogans and wave the same flags.
When the choruses of the crowd dwindled in their power due to fatigue, the megaphone of one of the mortuary cars was heard that was constantly repeated by an Our Father adapted to a famous Bob Dylan melody that is popular in Bolivia.
When passing through the General Cemetery of La Paz he stopped to pay homage to the deceased with a minute of silence, the only moment when the choruses and monotony of the megaphone stopped being heard.
The procession continued and its symbolic power caused many street shops to close unexpectedly as a sign of respect, at the same time that some observers threw flower petals at the crowd.
The march reached the center of La Paz as if it were the flow of an unstoppable river, it seized all the roads of the most important avenue of the city until it was in one of the streets face to face with the army, while the tail of the mobilization did not stop.
A symbolic gesture was when a group of protesters placed one of the coffins on a military tank .
It was the signal for the police to start throwing tear gas everywhere, to the end that a couple of coffin were in full track while people ran everywhere.
Police broke down the imposing march mostly made up of tens of thousands of indigenous men and women in a matter of minutes, despite the resistance shown by some groups that hid in some streets to deal with the police.
"Get lost, get lost, shit!" Was the shout of the police before any group hidden in the center of La Paz.
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