Monday, 11 November, 2019

Masked Protesters Forcibly Cuts Hair of Bolivian Mayor Patricia Arce

Patricia Arce mayor of Vinto in Bolivia speaks to the media after being attacked in the street by a crowd that sprayed her with reddish paint and cut her hair on Nov. 6 2019 Bolivian protesters drag town mayor barefoot in streets, forcefully cut her hair
Deanna Wagner | 09 November, 2019, 19:24

"All my solidarity with our sister, mayor of Vinto, Patricia Arce, who was cruelly harassed for expressing and defending her ideals and the principles of the poorest", he tweeted in Spanish.

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

Supporters of Bolivian president Evo Morales have been involved in violent clashes with supporters of rival presidential candidates in the city of Cochabamba.

The mayor of a small town in Bolivia was attacked by opposition demonstrators who dragged her barefoot across the street, covered her with red paint and forced her hair to be cut. Then cut her hair off, and they poured red paint over a woman.

Patricia Arce, the mayor of Vinto in Bolivia, is a member of President Evo Morales's Movement to Socialism (MAS) party.

Ms Arce was also dragged through the street without shoes, and was eventually released to police after several hours.

Police rescue Vinto mayor Patricia Arce Guzman on a motorcycle after people threw paint and dirt on her following a fire in Vinto's Town Hall, in Quillacollo, Bolivia, on November 6, 2019. There, they made her kneel down, decrease her hair and doused her in pink paint.

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Her office was ignited and the windows of the City Hall were smashed.

Reports circulated that at least two protesters were killed in clashes with government supporters and it was later confirmed that one man was identified as 20-year-old Limbert Guzman Vasquez. The doctor said that Mr. Gusman Vasquez's skull fracture may have been caused by an explosive device.

Tensions have continued to high since the night of the election, when the count was inexplicably suspended for 24 hours.

A delegation from the Organization of American States is in Bolivia carrying out an audit of the election. When final results were declared, Morales had a 10-percentage-point lead over Mesa, just enough to win outright in the first round of the presidential election.

Mesa, the runner-up in the October 20 vote, and civic leader Camacho, have been calling instead for Morales - the country's leader since 2006 - to step down and to hold new elections without him. Nonetheless, Mesa has rejected the audit arguing that it was agreed with out his or his get together's enter.

Morales has accused Mesa of staging a coup d'etat and supporters of all aspects devour squared off in La Paz and other cities.