Rodolfo Illanes

Bolivian Minister Murdered by Striking Miners

Crime Types: Abducted, Assassinated, Bludgeoned, Murdered, Tortured,

Tag: Murdered

Bolivia’s Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Rodolfo Illanes was on his way to speak with anti-government protesters on Aug. 25, 2016, when he and his assistant were kidnapped by striking miners. Illanes, 58, spoke with a radio station while being held and stated a condition of his release was for the government of President Evo Morales to begin negotiations with the miners. Illanes and his assistant were beaten to death around 6 p.m. that day.

Over 100 people were arrested in connection to Illanes’ murder and two miners were shot and killed by police. The conflict arose from a standoff between the miners and Morales’ government as the miners demanded concessions, including the right to work for private companies and greater union representation, from Bolivian authorities. In 2019, four miners, Rene Cochi Trujillo, Silvestre Flores Ruiz, Carlos Castro Manuel, and Julián Pinto Condori were each given five-year sentences for the role they played in Illanes’ death.

Location is pretty rural, I pinned the location based on this photo: Cross referenced with this photo:,-67.4460692,3a,75y,125.95h,80.32t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s0oJ9W30ZZ2qUYaR0wnRaiQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 He was killed in a crowd with 100’s of people so there isnt an exact location but based on landmarks this seems closest. coordinates: -17.4931044, -67.4460692


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Unitel Bolivia

(Spanish) Supuesto Autor Material de la Muerte de Illanes Se Presentó a Declarar


(Spanish) Evo Declara Luto de 3 Días y ‘Héroe’ a Rodolfo Illanes

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(Spanish) Familiares de Rodolfo Illanes en Santa Cruz Marcharán el Lunes Pidiendo Justicia

Unitel Bolivia

(Spanish) Exclusivo: Ángel Aparaya Se Declara Inocente por la Muerte de Rodolfo Illanes

Los Tiempos Bolivia

(Spanish) Vídeo Muestra a Illanes Horas Antes de Su Muerte


(Spanish) Bolivia: Hospitalizan con Graves Heridas a Edecán de Rodolfo Illanes

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(Spanish) Subjefe de Unidad Demócratas Pide Investigar el Asesinato de Rodolfo Illanes

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(Spanish) Detienen al Principal Sospechoso por Asesinato de Viceministro Rodolfo Illanes en Bolivia


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