Morales angry at humiliating attack on Bolivian mayor

Cheryl Sanders
November 9, 2019

A group of anti-government protesters was blocking a bridge in Vinto, a small town in Cochabamba province in central Bolivia, as part of their ongoing demonstrations following the presidential election on 20 October.

The government said on Friday that an audit of the contentious presidential election would likely be completed early next week, which could either back Morales' victory or throw open the door to a new vote.

The mayor who was attacked is a member of Bolivian President Evo Morales' ruling Movement for Socialism (MAS) party. Protesters, however, managed to set her office on fire and smashed the town hall's windows. They also forced her to sign a resignation letter. She was later on rescued by the police riding motorcycles.

Limbert Guzman, a 20-year-old student, died late Wednesday in a clinic in the city of Cochabamba following clashes between supporters and foes of President Evo Morales.

Mayor of Vinto, Patricia Arce, speaks to the media after being attacked in the street by a crowd that sprayed her with reddish paint and cut her hair in Vinto, Bolivia, Nov. 6, 2019.

The mayor of a small town in Bolivia has become the latest victim of violence in the country that has seen violent street clashes intensifying over the country's disputed election almost three weeks ago.

Arce's office told local media on Thursday that the mayor "is recovering, quot; from his awful experience". The doctor said that Mr. Gusman Vasquez's skull fracture may have been caused by an explosive device.

It was alleged that the two protesters had been killed during clashes with President Morales' supporters.

Bolivia's put up-election clashes turn lethal as two are killed.

Vasquez is the third person to be killed in the protests that began after the results count was paused for about 24 hours on election night, prompting suspicions that the election had been rigged in favor of Morales.

Election observers from the Organisation of American States (OAS) expressed their concerns and an audit by the body is now underway.

Mesa came less than one percentage point away from forcing a runoff against Morales, who has been in power for 14 years. However, Mr Mesa has rejected the audit arguing that it was agreed without his or his party's input.

Morales has accused Mesa of staging a coup d'etat and supporters of all aspects devour squared off in La Paz and other cities.

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