Indignant protesters attacked the mayor of a small metropolis in Bolivia on Wednesday, hacking off her hair, dousing her with crimson paint and dragging her barefoot via the streets amid country-wide clashes over the outcomes of a latest election.
Police and firefighters needed to step in to avoid wasting Mayor Patricia Arce from the offended mob in Vinto, a city of roughly 52,000 in central Bolivia.
The assault was only one occasion of broader unrest in Bolivia, which has descended into violence and protests for the reason that president received a disputed victory in final month’s election.
The anti-government mob initially kidnapped Arce from metropolis corridor, amid rumours that two of their very own had been killed by pro-government forces. A type of deaths was later confirmed.
Masked protesters known as Arce a assassin and dragged her for almost 5 kilometres earlier than they cut off her hair and doused her with paint, native newspaper Los Tiempos stories. Additionally they pressured her to signal a resignation letter and torched components of metropolis corridor.
The unrest dates again to Oct. 20, when President Evo Morales received re-election amid allegations of fraud. Morales’ two essential opponents have denounced the outcome, triggering political violence all through the nation.
Mayor Arce belongs to the Motion to Socialism (MAS) social gathering the identical social gathering as President Morales. The MAS has blamed opposition protesters for attacking Arce.
Morales condemned the assault on Arce in a tweet on Wednesday.
“All my solidarity with our sister, mayor of Vinto, Patricia Arce, who was cruelly harassed for expressing and defending her ideals and the principles of the poorest,” he tweeted in Spanish.
Backers of opposition chief Carlos Mesa say outcomes from the Oct. 20 vote have been rigged to present Morales simply sufficient of a majority to keep away from a runoff he may lose.
Morales has denied the allegations, saying that he welcomes a world audit of the election. He’s additionally accused Mesa of staging a coup d’etat.
Professional- and anti-Morales protesters have clashed in a number of cities throughout the nation, leading to a number of deaths.
With information from Reuters and The Related Press
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