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Some Policemen Join Anti-Gov't Protests in Bolivia: Witnesses


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Sat, 09 Nov 2019 04:13 GMT

Some police personnel were seen joining protests in Bolivia against President Evo Morales who has ruled the country since 2006 and recently declared himself the winner in the elections for a fourth term, Reuters reported, citing witnesses.

According to Reuters witnesses, a number of police officers in Cochabamba city held Bolivian flags on the roof of their headquarters to back anti-government protests.

Defense Minister Javier Zabaleta confirmed the news about scattered cases of policemen's disobedience, urging police to get those involved, "for some reason," in such acts.

"We are sure the police will continue to fulfill their constitutional job to safeguard the people," Zabaleta said.

Morales has repeatedly warned of a coup d’etat that his political rivals plan to carry out against him.

Morales is looking to remain in power until 2025 with a fourth term. His election win was ratified by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, but only after a controversial shift in the vote count in his favour. The opposition alleges fraud.

Deadly violence erupted in the South American country after Morales was named the winner. On Saturday November 2nd, an opposition leader in the eastern Santa Cruz region threatened to oust Morales.

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