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Evo Morales calls for dialogue after the occupation of state media by protesters

After the mutiny of police units, the tension continues to mount in the country. Some of the opposition still demand the cancellation of the re-election of Evo Morales.

Bolivia still under high tension. President Evo Morales on Saturday (November 9th) launched a call for dialogue to try to quell the dispute, but the appeal was immediately rejected by the opposition. “I call for dialogue with the parties that won seats in Parliament in the last general elections, four parties”he said in a speech to the nation.

“I have nothing to negotiate with Evo Morales and his government”, said former Bolivian President Carlos Mesa, the main rival of Evo Morales in the October poll. Other formations have also declined.

Three weeks after the controversial reelection of Evo Morales, the dispute does not falter in the country. Incidents were reported on Saturday night in El Alto, a city stuck in La Paz and considered a stronghold of Evo Morales, according to local media. Groups of pro-government protesters blocked the toll on the highway linking the two cities, while the installations of a private television channel, Unitel, were destroyed, denounced the channel in a statement. A crowd of protesters in La Paz occupied the headquarters of two state media, Bolivia TV and Radio Patria Nueva, and forced their employees to leave.

Evo Morales reported that the house of the governor of Oruro, a member of the ruling party, the Movement to Socialism (MAS), had been set on fire, along with that of his sister.

The day before, three police units mutinied in the city of Cochabamba, then in Sucre and Santa Cruz. “Our democracy is in danger because of the current coup d'etat that violent groups have launched against the constitutional order. We denounce to the international community this attack on the rule of law “, wrote Evo Morales on Twitter on Friday night.

In addition to the election of new parliamentarians, the October 20 poll has resulted in the re-election of Evo Morales, who has been in power since 2006, for a fourth term until 2025. However, the opposition does not recognize this election. she feels tainted by fraud and calls for her resignation.

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