Bolivia Uprising

In November 2019, Bolivia plunged into political chaos and plunged into a wave of protests that broke out across the country. The then president Evo Morales, first indigenous representative, had been accused of defrauding the recent presidential elections that put him in power for the fourth consecutive time under an opposition argument supported by the Organization of American States that saw in the electoral process “inexplicable changes that drastically changed the direction of election". Political opposition took over the space of uncertainty and appropriated the government's reins by calling for acts against the peasant leader. Faced with the pressure of that moment, Evo went into political exile to Mexico from where he shouted against the false accusations. Acts led by peasant movements in favor of the president took over the country and were suppressed by the police force.
Data obtained by The New York Times from Bolivian authorities show that the analysis made during the electoral process by the Organization of American States itself was flawed and fraught with inconsistencies.
I covered this historic moment in Bolivia for a week for The New York Times in the city of Cochabamba, the epicenter of the protests led by pro Evo peasant leaders. During the violent clashes between protesters empowered by the Whipala flag and state forces, dozens of people died.

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