Violence is spread in Bolivia in the context of protests against the alleged fraud committed by the government of Evo Morales in the October 20 elections. This Wednesday, a group of protesters set fire to the mayor of the city of Vinto, in Cochabamba, and brutally rebuffed with its owner, Patricia Arce Guzmán, by the official movement for socialism. The woman was dragged down the street where they sprayed her paint and cut her hair, until she was rescued by police one hour later.
The incident occurred on a day of non-violent violence in the Central Department (province) of Cochabamba, where a 20-year-old student also died, the third fatal victim of the outbreak of rage and protests that have been for almost three weeks.
A crowd attacked the municipal building in Vinto, a town of just over 60,000 inhabitants, which was set on fire before the mayor was forcibly removed.
Maple ran barefoot through the street between the shovels, until they fell to the ground among a crowd shouting "murderos" when viewing images from Bolivian media such as Cochabamba newspapers The Times and Opinion . It was fought brutally along nearly 5 kilometers.
The mayor was sprayed with a reddish color on her body, and they cut their hair in the middle of the street, among a scream of groups of people, many of them young, with sticks and stones.
"And if they want to kill me, let them kill me," the mayor exclaimed before the cameras, surrounded by young people holding her, with her face covered with masks.
Arce said she was willing to give her life for the "process" of change, "as the ruling party calls the movement that brought Evo Morales to power in 2006.
Protesters demonstrate against Bolivian President Evo Morales in La Paz, Bolivia, November 6, 2019. REUTERS / Kai Pfaffenbach
"I am not afraid, I am in a free country , "he said among the cries of the crowd that took her by force several miles beyond the mayor's office, until she was rescued by police, who took her out of the scene by motorcycle .
Other cities in the region, such as Cochabamba himself and neighboring Quillacollo, recorded strong confrontations between Morales, such as coca growers and indigenous women, and the president's offenders with reports of dozens wounded.
Police use NDE tear gas to disperse the violent riots that continued until late on Wednesday night.
Deputy for the opposition Democratic unit, Shirley Franco, asked the La Paz minister or government (interior), Carlos Romero, the dismissal of the commander of the Bolivian police of the Grandchildren of Cochabamba, . "
For several days, the police chief has been questioning alleged passivity in favor of related protesters to Evo Morales.
The mayor of the city of Vinto, in the Bolivian department of Cochabamba, was set on fire Wednesday during protests against the government of Evo Morales. / EFE
The protests have been going on for more than two weeks in Bolivia after opposition and citizen movements condemned fraud to vote for the president, which the electoral body gave as the winner for a fourth term in a row.
Opposition and citizen committees in the country do not recognize victory, demand the abolition of Morales and demand new elections.
"A step away from control"
In the midst of protests becoming more and more Violence in Bolivia, Defense Minister Eduardo Zavaleta warned that the country is "one step" from counting "of dozens" of the dead after clashes between the president's supporters and the Cochabamba opposition was resolved on Wednesday with the death of a young man.
"We are one step away from this being completely out of control and we are beginning to count the dead by dozens" he said on Wednesday night and the Minister in a television program, according to the magazine El Debe . "Now what should interest us all is that tomorrow (Thursday) this does not end with an impression," he said.
Conflicts between opponents and official militants escalate in Bolivia. On Wednesday, the violence left a dead man in Cochabamba. / DPA
At the same time, he condemned in statements to the press that the Santa Cruz, Cochabamba and Potosí Citizens Committees have moved shock groups to La Paz to confront the security forces. According to Zavaleta, "there are not many" but they provoke "conscious police."
Zavaleta has held the head of the Santa Cruz Citizens' Committee – a civilian organization historically confronted by Evo Morale's government – Luis Fernando Camacho, of bloodshed. "The call he has made to radicalize his actions, to take institutions and to conflicts will have consequences," he warned. "All the blood that flows in Cochabamba is Camacho's sole responsibility," he said.
The main opposition candidate for the presidential election, former president Carlos Mesa answered Zavaleta on Thursday. The minister, wrote on Twitter, "threatens the & # 39; killing of dozens & # 39;", while the president, Evo Morales, calls for pacification. "
" Double speech, double standards … and organized groups of MAS seeding terror throughout Bolivia, "condemned Mesa, citing the ruling movement for socialism.
Source: EFE, DPA and ANSA