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Protesters forcibly cut Bolivian mayor's hair before dragging her through streets

08 November 2019

Street clashes broke out on Thursday among supporters and opponents of Bolivia's government armed with slingshots and dynamite as an opposition leader planned a march to pressure President Evo Morales to resign after disputed elections last month.

The mayor of the Bolivian town of Vinto, near Cochabamba, was assaulted and humiliated by a mob of angry protesters who blame her for the death of two protesters in neighboring Cochabamba, The Daily Mail reported.

The Vinto protesters stormed town hall and accused the mayor of mobilising the rival protesters and blamed her for the alleged deaths.

Patricia Arce, mayor of Vinto, a city of 60,000 in central Bolivia, was hauled out of the local government building and pummeled by masked people carrying sticks and hurling stones, the news network Telemundo reported Thursday.

Shouting, "murderer, murderer", the mob pushed the mud-covered pol to the ground and forcibly cut her hair before she was rescued by police and taken to a local hospital, the network said.

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She was then forced to hold a metal pole as she was paraded, barefoot, around the streets with red paint covering her face, hair and clothes.

Morales condemned the attack on Arce in a tweet on Wednesday.

The woman was forced on her knees to sign a resignation letter before being paraded across town for hours.

The mayor of that city was attacked by protesters after rumors went out, which said 2 members of the opposition had been killed by supporters of Morales. Her office was set alight and the windows of the town hall were smashed.

Bolivia's put up-election clashes turn lethal as two are killed.

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Tension has been running high since election night when the results count was inexplicably paused for 24 hours.

Backers of opposition leader Carlos Mesa say results from the October 20 vote were rigged to give Morales just enough of a majority to avoid a runoff he might lose.

The final result gave Mr Morales just over the 10-percentage-point lead he needed to win outright in the first round of the presidential election.

In a press conference on Thursday, Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera called on opposition leaders Carlos Mesa and Luis Fernando Camacho to help stop the violence and heed an ongoing audit of the vote by the Organization of American States (OAS). Nonetheless, Mesa has rejected the audit arguing that it became agreed with out his or his occasion's enter. Morales has accused Mesa of staging a coup d'etat and supporters of each side have squared off in La Paz and other cities.

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Protesters forcibly cut Bolivian mayor's hair before dragging her through streets