Deputy Interior Minister Illanes is beaten to death after he was kidnapped by striking mineworkers, who had blocked a major highway near Panduro, around 160 km (100 miles) from capital city La Paz. Officials said he died of blows to the head. Illanes’ assistant was also badly beaten and is in intensive care in a hospital in La Paz. President Morales calls for three days of national mourning and declares a day of “deep pain” for the country. Up to 100 people have been arrested as authorities vowed to punish those responsible. Prosecutor:
The cause of death was basically bleeding in the brain. Ribs were also broken.