(15 Nov 2019) Supporters of ousted president Evo Morales protested in the street of Sacaba Friday even as Interim President Jeanine Anez escalated the confrontation with Morales at a news conference.
Hundreds of Morales supporters gathered in Sacaba saying they reject Anez as president saying they do not accept her self-declaration.
Indigenous women at the protest cried as others chanted “One, Two, Three, Evo Again!”
“They are beating us,” said Elizabeth Gonzalez about what she said were physical attacks on indigenous people by anti-Morales supporters.
“They are burning our wipala (indigenous flags) and we want respect.”
Morales stepped down on Sunday following nationwide protests over suspected vote-rigging in an Oct. 20 election in which he claimed to have won a fourth term in office.
An Organization of American States audit of the vote found widespread irregularities.
Anez, the highest-ranking opposition official in the Senate, proclaimed herself president, saying every person in the line of succession ahead of her —all of them Morales backers — had resigned.
The country’s Constitutional Court issued a statement backing her claim that she didn’t need to be confirmed by Congress, a body controlled by Morales’ Movement Toward Socialism party.
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