A Bolivian mayor is immersed in red paint and let her drop out by protesters who blamed her for the death of two opposition protesters.
Patricia Arce, from the ruling Mas party, was dragged out of Vinto's town hall on Wednesday and subjected to four hours of relegation in which she had to kneel and sign her resignation.
Young men wearing batons and masks shouted: & # 39; Murderess, Murderess & # 39; as they marched Arce to a platform where they cut her hair in front of the crowd.
Bolivia has been gripped by deadly protests following President Evo Morales's election victory on October 20 about claims that it was rigged.
Mayor of Vinto, Patricia Arce, speaks to the media after being attacked on the street by a crowd who sprayed her with red paint and cut her hair on Wednesday in Vinto in the province of Cochabamba
Young men who wore batons and masks sang & murderess, murderess & # 39; as they marched Arce to a platform where they cut her hair for the advancing crowd
On Wednesday rioters blocked a bridge to Vinto, according to the BBC, when rumors spread, two protesters were killed in a neighboring town.
It was later confirmed that a 20-year-old student had died from injuries sustained by clashes between protesters for and against the government in Cochabamba.
A fierce crowd marched to the town hall, where they accused Arce of having made a heavy end to their blockade and blamed her for death.
The mayor was forced to sign a letter of resignation on her knees and released to the police after four hours of parade.
Regional police commander Walter Alvis received her in a van that was bombed in a hail of stones as it shot away, according to Tele Sur.
The death of the student in the neighboring town of Cochabamba has brought the death toll in clashes since 20 to three October.
Morales, first elected president in 2006, wants to remain in power until 2025 after taking legal action to circumvent the limits of the constitutional term.
Protesters set fire to the mayor's office during a day of wild rioiting in the city of Vinto, previously seen as a stronghold of the ruling Mas party
Police rescue Mayor Vinto Patricia Arce Guzman on a motorcycle after people threw paint and dirt on her after a fire in Vinto's Town Hall
After four hours of relegation, she was released from the police, regional police commander Walter Alvis received her in a van that was bombed into a hail of stones as it drove away
Protesters wearing batons and shields set fire to the town hall in Vinto on Wednesday
He tweeted & # 39; deep regret & # 39; about death Wednesday and described the student as & # 39; an innocent victim of violence promoted by political groups that encourage racial hatred among Bolivian brothers & # 39 ;.
Meanwhile, Luis Fernando Camacho, an opposition leader in the Santa Cruz region, flew to La Paz where he was accompanied by former President Jorge Quiroga (2001-2002) and opposition politician Gustavo Pedraza with plans to deliver a letter to the president who are dismissal.
The powerful Catholic Church warned against such an open challenge to the authority of Morales.
& # 39; The resignation of the president is a radical measure & # 39 ;, said Sucre Archbishop Jesus Juarez.
The Cochabamba clashes occurred after members of farmers' unions, mainly women, started clearing away roadblocks of the opposition who stopped traffic for several days early in the day.
Rival groups fought battles in the city with rocks and sticks. Some demonstrators launched fireworks from home-made bazookas.
The town hall of Vinto is seen after a fire, the interior of the building was completely destroyed in the fire
The scorched exterior of the town hall in Vinto after it was set on fire by protesters on Wednesday
& # 39; Evo, friend, the people are with you! & # 39; supporters sang before they bumped into opponents, mainly students, on a town square.
Anti-Morales protests were also held on Wednesday in the cities of Santa Cruz, Sucre, Tarija and Potosi, closing state offices and businesses.
Bolivia's state oil company warned of likely fuel shortages due to the protests. & # 39; It is impossible to deliver gas stations, & # 39; said it in a statement.
Conservative opposition leader Camacho, 40, has enlisted military support to expel Morales.
Morales, speaking at a maritime ceremony on Wednesday, insisted that the army & # 39; serve the people & # 39; and his government had to support.
A demonstrator throws a rock during opposing protests between supporters and opponents of Bolivian president Evo Morales, in Cocabamba, Bolivia
Protesters clash with the police during a protest against the re-election of President Evo Morales on Wednesday in La Paz, Bolivia
So far, Bolivia's armed forces have remained neutral in the election dispute – and calling on the army to solve political problems is a very controversial step.
Bolivia saw countless military revolts and dictatorships during its republican life before civilian rule was established in 1982.
Carlos Mesa, who finished second in the polls in October against Morales, has called for a new vote.
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