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Death toll in violence at Bolivian fuel plant rises to 6

The death toll from an operation by Bolivian security forces to clear the blockade of a fuel plant by anti-government protesters has risen to six.

The public defender’s office announced the casualty toll on Wednesday, a day after the violence in the city of El Alto, near La Paz.

People gathering at a Catholic church to mourn the dead say they were fired on by security forces.

Soldiers guard the Senkata fuel plant in El Alto, outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Security forces on Tuesday escorted gasoline tankers from the plant, that had been blockaded for five days by supporters of former President Evo Morales, and at least three people were reported killed while the operation was underway. (AP PhotoNatacha Pisarenko)

Police and soldiers escorted gasoline tankers from the fuel plant following food and gasoline shortages in some Bolivian cities.

Bolivia has been in a state of turbulence since a disputed Oct. 20 vote. Former President Evo Morales resigned Nov. 10, but his supporters oppose the interim government that took his place.

Mourners gather around the bodies of people killed during clashes between security forces and supporters of former President Evo Morales, at the San Francisco de Asis church in El Alto, outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Police and soldiers on Tuesday escorted gasoline tankers from a major fuel plant that had been blockaded for five days by Morales' backers and at least three people were reported killed while the operation was underway. (AP PhotoNatacha Pisarenko)

Pedestrians walk over rocks strewn on a highway by supporters of former President Evo Morales to block the road to the Senkata fuel plant in El Alto, outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Police and soldiers on Tuesday escorted gasoline tankers from a major fuel plant that had been blockaded for five days by Morales' backers and at least three people were reported killed while the operation was underway. (AP PhotoNatacha Pisarenko)

Soldiers guard the Senkata fuel plant in El Alto, on the outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Police and soldiers on Tuesday escorted gasoline tankers from the plant, that had been blockaded for five days by supporters of former President Evo Morales, and at least three people were reported killed while the operation was underway. (AP PhotoNatacha Pisarenko)

Relatives and friends mourn next to the bodies of people killed during clashes between security forces and supporters of former President Evo Morales, at the San Francisco de Asis church in El Alto, outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Police and soldiers on Tuesday escorted gasoline tankers from a major fuel plant that had been blockaded for five days by Morales' backers and at least three people were reported killed while the operation was underway. (AP PhotoNatacha Pisarenko)

Gloria Quispe mourns next to the body of her brother Antonio, killed during clashes between security forces and supporters of former President Evo Morales, at the San Francisco de Asis church in El Alto, outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Police and soldiers on Tuesday escorted gasoline tankers from a major fuel plant that had been blockaded for five days by Morales' backers and at least three people were reported killed while the operation was underway. (AP PhotoNatacha Pisarenko)

A relative mourns during the funeral of a man killed during clashes between security forces and supporters of former President Evo Morales at the San Francisco de Asis church in El Alto, outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Police and soldiers on Tuesday escorted gasoline tankers from a major fuel plant that had been blockaded for five days by supporters of former President Evo Morales, and at least three people were reported killed while the operation was underway. (AP PhotoNatacha Pisarenko)

Relatives mourn next to the bodies of people killed during clashes between security forces and supporters of former President Evo Morales, at the San Francisco de Asis church in El Alto, outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Police and soldiers on Tuesday escorted gasoline tankers from a major fuel plant that had been blockaded for five days by Morales' backers and at least three people were reported killed while the operation was underway. (AP PhotoNatacha Pisarenko)

Relatives mourn during the funeral of people killed during clashes between security forces and supporters of former President Evo Morales, at the San Francisco de Asis church in El Alto, outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Police and soldiers on Tuesday escorted gasoline tankers from a major fuel plant that had been blockaded for five days by Morales' backers and at least three people were reported killed while the operation was underway. (AP PhotoNatacha Pisarenko)