LA PAZ: The Mayor of a small city in Bolivia has been attacked by opposition protesters who dragged her via the streets barefoot, lined her in crimson paint and forcibly cut her hair.
Patricia Arce of the governing Mas celebration was handed over to police in Vinto after a number of hours, the BBC reported.
It’s the newest in a sequence of violent clashes between authorities supporters and opponents within the wake of controversial presidential elections.
A minimum of three individuals have died thus far.
A bunch of anti-authorities protesters was blocking a bridge in Vinto, a small city in Cochabamba province in central Bolivia, as half of their ongoing demonstrations following the presidential election on 20 October.
Rumours unfold that two opposition protesters had been killed close by in clashes with supporters of incumbent President, Evo Morales, prompting an offended group to march to the city corridor.
The protesters accused Mayor Arce of having bussed in supporters of the President to try to break a blockade that they had arrange and blamed her for the reported deaths, one of which was later confirmed.
Amid shouts of “murderess, murderess” masked males dragged her via the streets barefoot to the bridge. There, they made her kneel down, cut her hair and doused her in crimson paint. In addition they pressured her to signal a resignation letter.
Arce was ultimately handed over to the police who took her to an area well being centre.
Her workplace was set alight and the home windows of the city corridor have been smashed.
The individual killed in clashes between supporters and opponents of President Morales was recognized as 20-year-outdated pupil Limbert Guzmn Vasquez. Docs mentioned Guzmn Vasquez had a fractured cranium which can have been brought on by an explosive machine.
He’s the third individual to be killed for the reason that clashes between the 2 sides erupted on 20 October.
Bolivia’s submit-election clashes flip lethal as two are killed.
Rigidity has been operating excessive since election evening when the outcomes rely was inexplicably paused for 24 hours.
The suspension prompted suspicions amongst supporters of opposition candidate Carlos Mesa that the end result had been rigged to permit Morales, who has been in energy since 2006 to remain on for one more 5 years.
The ultimate end result gave Morales simply over the 10-percentage-level lead he wanted to win outright within the first spherical of the presidential election.
Election observers from the Group of American States (OAS) expressed their issues and an audit by the physique is at present underway. Nonetheless, Mesa has rejected the audit arguing that it was agreed with out his or his celebration’s enter.
Morales has accused Mesa of staging a coup d’etat and supporters of both sides have squared off in La Paz and different cities.


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