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Bolivia: Chaos hits Cochabamba as police and pro-Morales protesters clash

Bolivia, Plurinational State of, Cochabamba
November 19, 2019 at 03:32 GMT +00:00 · Published

Cochabamba descended into chaos on Monday, as clashes broke out between supporters of former Bolivian President Evo Morales and the riot police.

Footage shows police using water cannon and tear gas to disperse protesters, many of whom were coca leaf growers.

Several fires were seen on roads, with thick smoke billowing from them.

Earlier this month, Evo Morales announced his resignation after several weeks of protests over the results of the 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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Cochabamba descended into chaos on Monday, as clashes broke out between supporters of former Bolivian President Evo Morales and the riot police.

Footage shows police using water cannon and tear gas to disperse protesters, many of whom were coca leaf growers.

Several fires were seen on roads, with thick smoke billowing from them.

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