Death Toll in Bolivia's Violent Protests Rise to 18

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A supporter of former Bolivian President Evo Morales takes part in a protest in La Paz Bolivia

Four more people have died in protests in Bolivia, raising the total number of victims in the political unrest to 23, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights said on Saturday.

Bolivia's interim president met with a United Nations envoy to discuss the country's crisis Saturday, a day after security forces fired on supporters of former President Evo Morales in a clash that killed eight people and raised fears that violence could escalate.

Morales, a socialist, claimed victory over Carlos Mesa, but the election came into question when the Organization of American States reported widespread irregularities.

9 individuals had been killed on Friday in a confrontation with safety forces, when hundreds of demonstrators supporting the ousted president Evo Morales - largely indigenous coca growers like he was - tried to march into the central metropolis of Cochabamba, a Morales political stronghold.

Morales said he won his fourth term in the balloting, but protesters took to the streets alleging that the election was rigged.

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Morales acknowledged he left the country on recommendation from the pinnacle of the army, but the explain became once brushed apart by Anez, who declared herself president in any case other successors had resigned. He said the decree is based on the Criminal Code, which states that "if one defends oneself in self-defence, there is no penalty".

The U.N. human rights chief, former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet issued a statement Saturday calling the deaths "an extremely risky development".

"I am concerned that the situation in Bolivia could spin out of control if the authorities do not handle it. with full respect for human rights", she said in a statement.

"Now they are killing our brothers in Sacaba, Cochabamba", he said in another tweet.

Clashes between police and former President Evo Morales supporters have intensified.

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An AFP correspondent saw the bodies at a hospital, though authorities did not report any deaths in the clashes, only that 100 people were detained.

Venezuela and Cuba were key allies for leftist Morales, who swept to office as the country's first indigenous president in 2006 and resigned on Sunday over a disputed 20 October election and demands by the military that he step down.

Morales, who has been granted asylum in Mexico, acknowledged the circulation became once a massacre and labelled intervening time president Jeanine Anez's authorities a dictatorship.

Añez, a former opposition senator, assumed what she called the interim presidency on Tuesday and vowed to restore peace and organize new elections.

Morales said he wants to return to Bolivia as soon as his resignation is approved by the Bolivian legislature.

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Meanwhile, the political in-fighting has started to hit house in La Paz, since meals shortages have been prompted by blockades of roads by supporters inside the funding metropolis, the place residents Sunday have been forced to endure traces.

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