Bolivia protests: Ruling social gathering urges assist for Evo Morales

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Protesters marched in La Paz on Saturday with an indication studying: “Resistance towards the dictatorship”

Bolivia’s governing social gathering has referred to as on its supporters to defend President Evo Morales, after police in some cities joined protests towards him.

Demonstrators accuse Mr Morales, Latin America’s longest-serving chief, of rigging final month’s election to safe a fourth time period.

On Saturday, opposition protesters overran two state-run media retailers in La Paz and compelled them off air.

Mr Morales denies any wrongdoing and says he won’t resign.

He additionally condemned the seizure of the TV and radio stations , tweeting: “They [the protesters] say they defend democracy, however they behave as in the event that they had been in a dictatorship.”

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Media captionWatch how police took half in Bolivia’s anti-government protests

The nation’s defence minister mentioned there have been no plans to deploy the navy to quell the police “mutiny”.

For his or her half, Bolivia’s armed forces mentioned they’d by no means go towards the individuals and that the disaster must be solved by democratic means.

To date, three individuals have died and a whole lot have been injured within the unrest, which has lasted greater than 4 weeks.

The president’s foremost rival, Carlos Mesa, has rejected a proposal of dialogue – as an alternative insisting on new elections and Mr Morales’ resignation.

What do we all know concerning the demonstrations?

Mr Morales’ social gathering Motion for Socialism referred to as on its supporters to return to La Paz and “defend” the outcomes of the controversial election.

The day gone by’s demonstrations, on Friday, had been the primary to incorporate massive numbers of police – although the dimensions was unclear.

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Cops had been seen hoisting Bolivian flags on prime of police stations

Uniformed officers joined protesters in cities together with La Paz and Sucre.

Chatting with native media, a number of uniformed officers referred to as on Mr Morales to resign – and mentioned they’d cease him from turning Bolivia right into a dictatorship like his allies in Cuba and Venezuela.

Why protesters are on the streets worldwide

In a tweet, President Morales denounced the protests as an “assault on the rule of legislation”.

Defence Minister Javier Zabaleta, talking with state tv, referred to as for calm and mentioned he was assured police would “proceed to fulfil their constitutional job to safeguard the individuals”.

Earlier this week, the mayor of a small city was attacked by protesters who dragged her via the streets barefoot, lined her in purple paint and forcibly lower her hair.

Why are individuals protesting?

Bolivia has been rattled by protests, strikes and roadblocks because the nation held a presidential election on 20 October.

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Carlos Mesa, who got here second to Mr Morales within the election, is asking for it to be re-run

Tensions first flared on the night time of the presidential election after the outcomes depend was inexplicably paused for 24 hours. The ultimate end result gave Mr Morales barely greater than the 10-percentage-point lead he wanted to win outright within the first spherical of the race.

The Group of American States (OAS) is conducting an audit of the votes, and the outcomes are anticipated to be revealed subsequent week.

However Mr Mesa – the candidate who completed second – has spoken out towards the audit, saying that his social gathering was not consulted.

A former president himself, he has requested Bolivia’s congress to go an emergency invoice to organize for brand new elections.