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Tags: LT | Bolivia | Protests

Violent Clashes Escalate in Bolivia over Election Dispute

Violent Clashes Escalate in Bolivia over Election Dispute

Tuesday, 29 October 2019 03:38 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bus drivers armed with sticks and rocks tried to break through street blockades in a second week of protests against Bolivian President Evo Morales in a dispute over election results.

Demonstrators supporting Morales and backers of opposition leader Carlos Mesa also clashed Tuesday in downtown La Paz. Police fired tear gas to disperse both sides.

Violent clashes a day earlier left 40 people injured in the cities of Cochabamba and Santa Cruz. Police said 20 people were detained.

Supporters of Mesa say results from the Oct. 20 election were rigged to give Morales enough votes to avoid a second round that he might lose to a unified opposition. Mesa is demanding new elections or a runoff vote.

Morales denies irregularities and says he welcomes an international audit of the election.

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Bus drivers armed with sticks and rocks tried to break through street blockades in a second week of protests against Bolivian President Evo Morales in a dispute over election results.Demonstrators supporting Morales and backers of opposition leader Carlos Mesa also clashed...
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Tuesday, 29 October 2019 03:38 PM
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