Bolivian Protesters Block Streets Nationwide and Clash with Police

Bolivia’s opposition has rallied against the government of President Luis Arce, accusing him of “political persecution.”

Protesters blocked the streets as they rally and the police used tear gas to disperse demonstrators in the capital La Paz and the central Bolivian city of Cochabamba.

“We cannot give so much power to a president who has demonstrated that what matters the most to him is leading Bolivia to totalitarianism,” a protester said

Protesters are demanding the release of a former head of state Jeanine Anez, who is currently imprisoned on charges of conducting a coup against then-President Evo Morales in 2019. 

Most Monday’s demonstrations took place in La Paz, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz in the east, and Tarija in the south.

Due to threats of conflicts with pro-government organizations, police used tear gas to close streets in the capital’s core. There were no reports of anyone being hurt.

The ruling party was ready to hold its pro-Presidential march.

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