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Four people died on Saturday in protests in Bolivia, bringing at least 23 fatalities since late October, the beginning of the social and political crisis, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) announced.

The IACHR, organ of the Organization of American States (OAS), has also recorded at least 122 injuries since Friday.

In a statement, the IACHR had already denounced “the disproportionate use of police and military force” in resorting to firearms to suppress demonstrations.

Also this Saturday, Bolivia's transitional government has ensured that the decree exempting police and military from criminal responsibility when acting in situations of need and under self-defense is not a “license to kill” and is framed in the Constitution and the laws of the parents.

At a press conference at the La Paz Government Palace, interim presidential minister Xerxes Justinian said the measure issued on Friday "does not contribute to any state of greater violence" but is an instrument to "contribute to the social peace ”.

The government response follows an accusation made by the IACHR that this rule signed by interim President Jeanine Áñez "ignores international standards" of human rights and "encourages violent repression."

Former Bolivian President Evo Morales said in an interview released on Friday by the Associated Press news agency that he wants the UN to mediate the political crisis in the country and has admitted calling for intervention by the Catholic Church and Pope Francis.

Morales said he was ousted from office by a coup that forced him into exile in Mexico.

Morales' resignation came after protests across the country over suspected electoral fraud in the Oct. 20 election, in which the then ruler claimed to have won a fourth term.

An audit of the Organization of American States found widespread irregularities in the scrutiny.

Much of the opposition to Morales was triggered by the then Bolivian head of state's refusal to accept a referendum that could ban him from running for a new term.

. (tagsToTranslate) October

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