Bolivia's interim president met with a United Nations envoy to discuss the country's crisis Saturday, a day after security forces fired on supporters of former President Evo Morales in a clash that killed eight people and raised fears that violence could escalate.
In La Paz and the neighboUring city of El Alto, thousands of partisans of Morales' leftist MAS party took to the streets again to denounce the interim government, led by right-wing former Sentor Jeanine Anez, which announced on Friday that it had severed diplomatic relations with leftist Venezuela, an oil-rich nation that had been a close ally of Bolivia since 2006.
Speaking from Mexico City, Morales said that if he allowed the return, he would not seek to stand for new elections, a point of discord between him and the opposition.
Bolivia's Ombudsman's Office called on the interim government to investigate if the security forces had acted within the constitution and worldwide protocols on human rights.
Protests have flared across Bolivia since Morales was declared the victor of the October 20 election, beating his nearest rival, centrist Carlos Mesa, by just enough to avoid a second round.
United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet issued a statement calling Friday's deaths "an extremely unsafe development".
"Nobody has thrown him out, but yes, there's a need for him to respond to accusations of electoral fraud, as well as many allegations of corruption", Ms Anez told reporters at the presidential palace.
Morales, 60, said on Twitter that the measure gave "carte blanche and impunity to massacre people".
Fierce clashes between Mr Morales' supporters and police forces have been ongoing since Ms Anez, 52, declared herself acting president on Tuesday.
She added: "I am really concerned that the situation in Bolivia could spin out of control if the authorities do not handle it sensitively and in accordance with global norms".
The government of Interim President Jeanine Anez scrambled to stave off worldwide criticism for what the United Nations called the "disproportionate" use of force in response to the demonstrations.
Mr Morales and his vice president fled the country earlier this week, and were given asylum in Mexico.
The rights group, an autonomous arm of the Organization of American States, said the effect of the decree could be to "stimulate violent repression".
"We have the same objectives, and I hope soon we can cry freedom for Venezuela, as it so rightly deserves", she said in the televised meeting.
Meanwhile, the political in-fighting has started to hit house in La Paz, since meals shortages have been prompted by blockades of roads by supporters inside the funding metropolis, the place residents Sunday have been forced to endure traces.
But analysts say the left-wing president lost significant popularity, including among his own supporters after defying the results of a 2016 referendum on presidential term limits and insisting on running for a fourth term.