The mayor of a small city in Bolivia has been attacked by opposition protesters who dragged her by the streets barefoot, coated her in crimson paint and forcibly lower her hair.
Patricia Arce of the governing Mas celebration was handed over to police in Vinto after a number of hours.
It’s the newest in a sequence of violent clashes between authorities supporters and opponents within the wake of controversial presidential elections.
At the least three individuals have died up to now.
A bunch of anti-government protesters was blocking a bridge in Vinto, a small city in Cochabamba province in central Bolivia, as a part of their ongoing demonstrations following the presidential election on 20 October.
Rumours unfold that two opposition protesters had been killed close by in clashes with supporters of incumbent president, Evo Morales, prompting an indignant group to march to the city corridor.
The protesters accused Mayor Arce of getting bussed in supporters of the president to attempt to break a blockade that they had arrange and blamed her for the reported deaths, one among which was later confirmed.
Amid shouts of “murderess, murderess” masked males dragged her by the streets barefoot to the bridge. There, they made her kneel down, lower her hair and doused her in crimson paint. Additionally they pressured her to signal a resignation letter.
Ms Arce was finally handed over to the police who took her to a neighborhood well being centre.
The particular person killed in clashes between supporters and opponents of President Morales was recognized as 20-year-old scholar Limbert Guzmán Vasquez. Docs mentioned Mr Guzmán Vasquez had a fractured cranium which can have been attributable to an explosive gadget.
He’s the third particular person to be killed because the clashes between the 2 sides erupted on 20 October.
What’s behind the clashes?
Pressure has been working excessive since election night time when the outcomes depend was inexplicably paused for 24 hours.
The suspension prompted suspicions amongst supporters of opposition candidate Carlos Mesa that the end result had been rigged to permit Mr Morales, who has been in energy since 2006 to remain on for an additional 5 years.
The ultimate end result gave Mr Morales simply over the 10-percentage-point lead he wanted to win outright within the first spherical of the presidential election.
Election observers from the Group of American States (OAS) expressed their considerations and an audit by the physique is presently underway. Nonetheless, Mr Mesa has rejected the audit arguing that it was agreed with out his or his celebration’s enter.
Mr Morales has accused Mr Mesa of staging a coup d’etat and supporters of every aspect have squared off in La Paz and different cities.