04/20/2021

General Franco Orlando Suárez, in prison for the Senkata massacre, Bolivia

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The Mechanized Division commander of Bolivian Army, General Franco Orlando Suárez, was sent yesterday to the San Pedro de La Paz prison for the accusation of homicide, serious and minor injuries within the complaint filed in El Alto for the death of 10 people and injured in Senkata in November 2019.The Senkata and Sacaba massacres occurred after the arrival of Jeanine Áñez to the presidency of Bolivia in November 2019, triggered by the 2019 coup.

A military-police contingent operated at the site to lift a blockade in the vicinity of the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) engarrafadora plant. The objective of the military was to transfer energy and other fuels to the city of La Paz.

Military personnel from the Mechanized Division of the Army, commanded by Suárez, guarded the hydrocarbon plant, with the collaboration of military personnel, including satiners and condors who were trained at the Sanandita Condor School.

The details of the military and weapons deployed are part of the final report of conclusions of the Joint Investigation Commission of the Legislative Assembly.

The Prosecutor’s Office demanded preventive detention for six months, during which time investigations will be carried out to investigate his participation in the events recorded in Senkata, according to Página Siete.

On December 14, 2019, the then Minister of Defense, Luis Fernando López, declared the satinators heroes of Senkata.