Bolivian police be a part of protests in opposition to President Morales

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Friday’s protests have been the primary to incorporate massive numbers Bolivian police

Police have joined protests in a number of Bolivian cities over the disputed re-election of President Evo Morales.

Mr Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous president, accuses opponents of attempting to depose him.

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

There have been 17 days of lethal protests in opposition to Mr Morales, who’s accused of rigging final month’s election to safe a fourth time period.

Mr Morales – Latin America’s longest-serving chief – denies any wrongdoing and says he won’t resign.

What do we all know concerning the demonstrations?

Demonstrations on Friday have been the primary to incorporate massive numbers of police, although the dimensions was unclear.

Preliminary experiences point out uniformed officers joined protesters in La Paz, Sucre, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, Potosí and Oruro.

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A number of uniformed law enforcement officials have been pictured waving flags and indicators on the roofs of police stations

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.

There have been additionally experiences of police leaving the streets of La Paz and returning to their station buildings.

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”.

Why are individuals protesting?

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

A minimum of three individuals have died throughout clashes. The mayor of a small city was additionally attacked by protesters earlier this week, who dragged her by means of the streets barefoot, coated her in purple paint and forcibly reduce her hair.

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Carlos Mesa got here second within the presidential race, and is looking for a re-election

Tensions first flared on the evening of the presidential election after the outcomes depend was inexplicably paused for 24 hours. The ultimate consequence 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 outcomes are anticipated to be revealed subsequent week.

However Carlos Mesa – the candidate who completed second – has spoken out in opposition to the audit, saying that his social gathering was not consulted.

A former president himself, he requested Bolivia’s congress on Friday to cross an emergency invoice to organize for brand spanking new elections.