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    Bolivian Mayor Covered in Paint, Dragged Through the Streets by Mob

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    The mob accused the local mayor of the death of two protesters in clashes that happened in another town. The woman was forced to resign on her knees after she was spray painted with red and subjected to hours of humiliation.

    The mayor of the Bolivian town of Vinto, near Cochabamba, was assaulted and humiliated by a mob of angry protesters who blame her for the death of two protesters in neighboring Cochabamba, The Daily Mail reported. 

    One of the victims, a 20-year old student, succumbed to injuries sustained during clashes between pro-government and anti-government demonstrators in Cochabamba.

    Protesters blocking the bridge to Vinto on Wednesday marched to the city hall after rumours spread that two people had died in protests in the neighboring city. The ferocious mob dragged the mayor, Patricia Arce of the governing MAS party, out of the hall, spray painted her red and chopped off her hair while chanting “Murderess! Murderess!,” according to The Daily Mail.

    ​The woman was forced on her knees to sign a resignation letter before being paraded across town for hours. Following four hours of humiliation, Arce was driven away by regional police, the report says.

    In the meantime, protesters set fire to the town hall.

    Protests in Bolivia are fueled by presidential candidate Carlos Mesa who has called the vote count in the recent presidential election a ‘fraud’. Evo Morales of MAS won the election with a reported 10 percent advantage over Mesa, which allowed him to become president without a second round of elections.

    Following reports of the protester’s deaths, Evo Morales tweeted his “deep regret” over the incidents, describing the dead students as “an innocent victim of violence promoted by political groups that encourage racial hatred among Bolivian brothers.”

    Opposition leader Luis Fernando Camacho called on the military to join the protests to oust Morales, the Mail says. Speaking at a naval ceremony on Wednesday, Morales said that the military must “serve the people” and support the government. This incident bears resemblance with another violent incident, in which the mayor of Las Margaritas, Chiapas, in southern Mexico, was dragged through the streets over claims that he “failed to fulfill campaign promises” in October. The man was arguably less lucky than Arce, as he was tied to the back of a pickup truck during his dragging.

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