Four die, 70 hurt in university student elections stampede

A stampede at a university in Bolivia on Monday 9 May left four students dead and more than 70 injured when a tear gas grenade was detonated during an assembly, reports AFP.

Five of the injured were in intensive care, said Roxana Choque, public prosecutor of the Potosi region in Bolivia’s southeast where the Tomas Frias University is based.

Hundreds of students had gathered in an enclosed sports arena of the university for student council elections, rector Pedro Lopez told reporters. A heated debate ensued, and at least one student detonated a tear gas canister, provoking the stampede, according to regional police chief Bernardo Isnado. The institution, Lopez added, was “in mourning”.
Full report on the EWN site