Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
This is the moment a Bolivian governor’s house is set on fire by protestors who broke into the property as civil unrest grips the country.
The incident took place at the house of the Governor of Oruro Victor Hugo Vasquez in the city of Oruro in the Cercado Province in western Bolivia after the mob broke into the property.
Local media report several young protestors broke into the house after the governor and his family had fled to a safer area.
They are said to then set the house on fire and in the video the building can be seen burning as passers-by look on.
Local media report the protestors burnt the house after Vasquez reportedly suggested closing off several major roads in meetings with local leaders to prevent protestors from the nearby city of Potosi and the constitutional capital Sucre travelling to the Bolivian seat of government La Paz.
The house of former president Evo Morales’ sister was also reportedly burnt in Oruro along with the houses of several politicians in the Chuquisaca department in southern Bolivia.
Evo Morales wrote on social media on 10th of November: “We denounce and condemn before the international community and the Bolivian people how the plan of the fascist coup executes violent acts with irregular groups setting the houses of governors of Chuquisaca and Oruro on fire along with my sister’s (house) in that city. Let’s preserve peace and democracy.”
Morales stepped down from the presidency and has fled to Mexico after commander-in-chief of the Bolivian armed forces, Williams Kaliman, called for him to leave his post after the Organisation of American States (OAS) reported alleged irregularities in recent elections in Bolivia.
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