After 18 years, the judiciary set the hearing for the “Black February” case to begin on August 24th, which involved events between February 12th and 13th, 2003, which ended with at least thirty deaths.
María Calcina, mother of one of the deceased and representative of the victims’ immediate family, said that the hearing was scheduled by the 8th criminal court.
Due to the pandemic, the court has ruled that the trial will be carried out virtually on Tuesday, August 24th, starting at 9:00 a.m.
Calcina said that 19 people were charged for the trial in this case, including military officials, police officers and civilians.
He pointed out that it had taken all these years to initiate the process because the defendants cited legal harassment such as changing lawyers and changing addresses using the argument that they were uniformed men.
In February 2003 protests broke out against the wage tax announced by then President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada. The police rioted and confronted the armed forces, while looting and vandalism broke out in the streets, which were later suppressed.
The deaths occurred between confrontation and repression. According to Calcina, 31 deaths were counted, although he stated that even more people later lost their lives as a result of the injuries.
He made it clear that Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada and his ministers are being held in liability proceedings.