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US Urges Bolivians to Exercise Self-Control amid Riots


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Fri, 22 Nov 2019 01:05 GMT

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged all parties in Bolivia to renounce any unnecessary violence, calling on authorities to respect peaceful protesters' rights on Thursday, November 21st.

Street violence has claimed the lives of 32 people so far since a disputed election in October sparked civil unrest, Reuters reported.

Pompeo also urged people "who participated in the egregious irregularities" of Bolivia's election to step aside, after Bolivia's ousted former president, Evo Morales, and his vice president said they would not be candidates for their party's next elections.

Later on Thursday, police forces fired tear gas to disperse protests that accompanied a large funeral procession that later turned into an anti-government demonstration.

In an emotional scene, thousands of indigenous people marched into La Paz from neighbouring El Alto, carrying the coffins of five of the eight victims who lost their lives in a stand-off with security forces on November 19th, according to AFP.

Evo Morales, the former president of Bolivia, resigned amid an immense and severe violent uprising that reached a breaking point last week when the military pulled its support, a move that Morales has referred to as a "coup".

The fall of Morales came only hours after the Organization of American States said it had found "clear manipulation" of the vote last month in which the former president claimed victory.

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