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Bolivia: Clashes erupt between police and Morales supporters near Cochabamba

Bolivia, Plurinational State of, Near Cochabamba
November 17, 2019 at 03:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

Clashes broke out between security forces and supporters of former Bolivian President Evo Morales near Cochabamba on Saturday, amid the escalation of violence.

Teargas was fired at pro-Morales supporters, many of which were coca leaf growers, with police and military seen marching towards the protesters.

According to reports, five people were killed on Friday as the result of the clashes.

Earlier this month, Evo Morales announced his resignation after several weeks of protests over the results of October 20 elections.

Senator Jeanine Anez declared herself an interim president at a Parliament session after Morales fled to Mexico. The extraordinary session was boycotted by Morales' socialist party (MAS).

The departure of Morales and Anez' recognition by Senate as the new president increased tensions between supporters and opponents of the former leader.

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Clashes broke out between security forces and supporters of former Bolivian President Evo Morales near Cochabamba on Saturday, amid the escalation of violence.

Teargas was fired at pro-Morales supporters, many of which were coca leaf growers, with police and military seen marching towards the protesters.

According to reports, five people were killed on Friday as the result of the clashes.

Earlier this month, Evo Morales announced his resignation after several weeks of protests over the results of October 20 elections.

Senator Jeanine Anez declared herself an interim president at a Parliament session after Morales fled to Mexico. The extraordinary session was boycotted by Morales' socialist party (MAS).

The departure of Morales and Anez' recognition by Senate as the new president increased tensions between supporters and opponents of the former leader.

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