The latest updates from authorities say seven students died and another 11 were injured
At least seven students died on Tuesday, 02, when they fell from the fourth floor of the Public University of El Alto (Stunning), na Bolivia, after a grid was broken. The distance to the ground was 15 meters. The young people were participating in an extraordinary assembly, which was convened by the Student Center, when a push-push started and the guardrail did not hold up. Police commander Jhonny Aguilera confirmed that the number of students killed was seven, four men and three women, and that the ages ranged between 19 and 27 years. According to him, 11 people fell after the break of the grid, but one managed to throw himself on the third floor.
About the investigation of accident, Aguilera stated that first it is necessary to establish the causes that led to the meeting, since meetings of the type are prohibited as a measure to combat coronavirus pandemic. The commander said the police will analyze the videos provided by the university in which two women are seen fighting, and one of them falls and dies. The other girl will be summoned to testify in the next few hours. At the time of the accident, three students died from the impact, while the other four died in hospitals. Other wounded remain hospitalized without informed conditions.
“I express my most sincere condolences to the people of El Alto and to the bereaved families. We hope that the facts will be clarified soon ”, said the President of Bolivia, Luis Arce. Upea issued an official note in which it also regretted what it defined as a “fortuitous accident” and pointed out that the incident is under police investigation, in addition to officials conducting an internal investigation. Different sectors are questioning why more than 60 students were allowed to gather on a single floor, without the distance and biosafety measures due to the pandemic of the coronavirus, and under what conditions the student assembly was allowed.
An assembly between students led to physical and verbal confrontations in the Faculty of Business Administration at the Public University of El Alto (UPEA). 😔💔
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In the Business Administration course building, a student meeting was being held to discuss financial issues, with which there were some disagreements that caused complaints and conflicts. In videos circulating on social networks, young people can be seen together protesting in the corridors that lead to a hall where the assembly was taking place, moments before one of the banisters gives way. “There was an assembly, although there is a resolution that prohibits meetings, but they let this group of students in. There was an assembly with confrontations and an exchange of pushes, and seven students fell, ”Upea’s Dean, Henry Huanca, told a local radio station.
* With information from EFE