Protesters Drag Bolivian Mayor Through Streets, Forcibly Cut Her Hair

Clay Curtis
November 8, 2019

Om Wednesday, authorities confirmed that a third person was killed in the streets during clashes between the supporters and the foes of President Evo Morales.

Angry protesters attacked the mayor of a small city in Bolivia on Wednesday, hacking off her hair, dousing her with red paint and dragging her barefoot through the streets amid country-wide clashes over the results of a recent election.

The incident unfolded in the Bolivian town of Vinto, where government protesters blocked off a bridge.

Chanting "murderess, murderess", the opposition protesters attacked Vinto Mayor Patricia Arce - associated with the ruling Mas party - and got hold of her before dousing her in red paint, marching her to a bridge where they forced her to kneel.

A female mayor has been attacked by protesters and had her hair cut off by force in Bolivia.

Meanwhile, newly re-elected President Evo Morales condemned the attack on Ms Arce.

Masked protesters called Arce a murderer and dragged her for almost five kilometres before they cut off her hair and doused her with paint, local newspaper Los Tiempos reports.

Camacho who has become a symbol of opposition to Morales arrived late on Wednesday in capital La Paz, where he plans to march to the presidential palace to deliver a pre-written letter of resignation for Morales to sign.

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Patricia Arce was eventually handed over to the police who took her to a local health centre.

One of the victims, a 20-year old student, succumbed to injuries sustained during clashes between pro-government and anti-government demonstrators in Cochabamba.

In the meantime, protesters set fire to the town hall. Doctors mentioned Guzmán Vasquez had a fractured cranium that might maybe well furthermore had been precipitated by an explosive device.

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The suspension prompted suspicions among supporters of opposition candidate Carlos Mesa that the result had been rigged to allow Morales, who has been in power since 2006 to stay on for another five years.

Morales, whose October election win was marred by allegations of fraud after an abrupt halt in the vote count and an unusual swing in the leftist leader's favor, again blamed the opposition for unrest as he addressed supporters in the rural area of Cochabamba.

Election observers from the Organization of American States (OAS) expressed their concerns and an audit by the body is now underway. He's also accused Mesa of staging a coup d'etat.

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