UN warns Bolivia crisis could ‘spin out of control’ as death toll mounts

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Published November 17, 2019, 8:29 AM

By Reuters

LA PAZ – The United Nations warned on Saturday violence in Bolivia could “spin out of control” following recent skirmishes between security forces and coca farmers loyal to ousted President Evo Morales that have left nine dead.

Silhouettes of riot police officers are seen in Sacaba, outskirts of Cochabamba, Bolivia, November 15, 2019. (REUTERS/Danilo Balderrama/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Morales resigned under pressure from Bolivia’s police and military last Sunday after evidence of vote rigging tainted his Oct. 20 election victory. He fled to Mexico two days after his resignation.

The leftist and charismatic former coca farmer has since called his ouster a right-wing “coup” and decried growing allegations of repression by security forces under interim President and former conservative lawmaker

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