A demonstration has been reported in La Paz on Friday, May 24, amid the one-year anniversary of the death of university student Jonathan Quispe Vila. According to local sources, students from the University of El Alto are marching down Montes Avenue to commemorate the student's death.
A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions are expected over the coming hours. Further demonstrations are possible across Bolivia in the coming weeks.
Jonathan Quispe Vila was killed on May 24, 2018, during a demonstration calling for an increased budget for the University of El Alto. According to initial statements by the government, the victim died after being hit by shrapnel from a large firecracker set off by the protesters. A police officer was later sentenced to five years in prison for Quispe's death; activists have vowed to continue their protest movement until the sentence is increased to 30 years.
Individuals in La Paz are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all related demonstrations and gatherings as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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