Bolivia mayor has hair forcibly reduce by crowd of protesters

Patricia Arce speaks to the media after being attacked by a crowd that sprayed her with reddish paint and cut her hair in Vinto, Bolivia, 06 November 2019Picture copyright
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Patricia Arce was coated in crimson paint and had her hair reduce off


The mayor of a small city in Bolivia has been attacked by opposition protesters who dragged her by the streets barefoot, coated her in crimson paint and forcibly reduce her hair.

Patricia Arce of the governing Mas get together was handed over to police in Vinto after a number of hours.


It’s the newest in a collection of violent clashes between authorities supporters and opponents within the wake of controversial presidential elections.

At the least three folks have died up to now.

What occurred?

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

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Rumours unfold that two opposition protesters had been killed close by in clashes with supporters of incumbent president, Evo Morales, prompting an indignant group to march to the city corridor.

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Cops escorted Ms Arce to a well being centre after the protesters launched her

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The protesters accused Mayor Arce of getting bussed in supporters of the president to try to break a blockade that they had arrange and blamed her for the reported deaths, considered one of which was later confirmed.

Amid shouts of “murderess, murderess” masked males dragged her by the streets barefoot to the bridge. There, they made her kneel down, reduce her hair and doused her in crimson paint. Additionally they pressured her to signal a resignation letter.

Ms Arce was finally handed over to the police who took her to an area well being centre.

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Protesters additionally set alight components of the city corridor

Her workplace was set alight and the home windows of the city corridor had been smashed.

Who died?

The individual killed in clashes between supporters and opponents of President Morales was recognized as 20-year-old scholar Limbert Guzmán Vasquez. Docs mentioned Mr Guzmán Vasquez had a fractured cranium which can have been attributable to an explosive system.

He’s the third individual to be killed for the reason that clashes between the 2 sides erupted on 20 October.

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What’s behind the clashes?

Stress has been working excessive since election night time when the outcomes depend was inexplicably paused for 24 hours.

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Media caption“This isn’t Cuba neither Venezuela,” Bolivian protesters chanted final month

The suspension prompted suspicions amongst supporters of opposition candidate Carlos Mesa that the consequence had been rigged to permit Mr Morales, who has been in energy since 2006 to remain on for one more 5 years.

The ultimate consequence gave Mr Morales simply over the 10-percentage-point 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 presently underway. Nonetheless, Mr Mesa has rejected the audit arguing that it was agreed with out his or his get together’s enter.

Mr Morales has accused Mr Mesa of staging a coup d’etat and supporters of every facet have squared off in La Paz and different cities.