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Tensions Rise in Bolivia over Disputed Presidential Election

HeadlineNov 08, 2019

In Bolivia, tensions are rising over last month’s presidential election, in which Bolivian President Evo Morales was declared the winner of a controversial fourth term. Some members of the opposition have disputed the results, claiming election fraud. On Wednesday, opposition protesters kidnapped a mayor loyal to President Morales, forcibly cut her hair, doused her in red paint and paraded her through the streets. This is Mayor Patricia Arce.

Mayor Patricia Arce: “I am with the truth, and I am not afraid to say my truth. I’m in a free country, and I’m not going to be silenced. If you want me dead, kill me. And now I say: For this movement for change, I’m going to give my life.”

That was Mayor Patricia Arce of the Bolivian town of Vinto. Anti-government demonstrations have also been growing in the capital La Paz. This is Marco Pumari.

Marco Pumari: “If our democracy is still trampled over, then we will not leave La Paz without removing from the Government Palace those who are killing us, those who are assaulting us, those who are persecuting us.”

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