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Bolivia: Demonstrators burn Morales' 'coffin' in La Paz 01:32

Bolivia: Demonstrators burn Morales' 'coffin' in La Paz

Bolivia, Plurinational State of, La Paz
November 11, 2019 at 03:45 GMT +00:00 · Published

Protesters burned a coffin with the name of the former Bolivian President Evo Morales in La Paz on Tuesday, hours after he announced his resignation.

Demonstrators didn’t hide their joy with Maria Susana Vargas, a La Paz local saying: "[I am] very happy, we have finally achieved what we wanted.”

Morales was pressured by the head of the armed forces and the general commander of the Bolivian police, who had asked him to resign.

Morales' resignation came amid multiple resignations in the government. Morales had denounced what he said was a "coup d'état" against him organised by the opposition, with the aim of regaining power.

Latin American leaders such as Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Argentine President-elect Alberto Fernandez showed their support of the Bolivian leader and condemned the violence that led the president to resign.

Mexico's Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard said that the country offered Morales political asylum.

Protests broke out across Bolivia last month over disputed election results which gave Morales enough votes to avoid a run-off.

Bolivia: Demonstrators burn Morales' 'coffin' in La Paz 01:32
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Protesters burned a coffin with the name of the former Bolivian President Evo Morales in La Paz on Tuesday, hours after he announced his resignation.

Demonstrators didn’t hide their joy with Maria Susana Vargas, a La Paz local saying: "[I am] very happy, we have finally achieved what we wanted.”

Morales was pressured by the head of the armed forces and the general commander of the Bolivian police, who had asked him to resign.

Morales' resignation came amid multiple resignations in the government. Morales had denounced what he said was a "coup d'état" against him organised by the opposition, with the aim of regaining power.

Latin American leaders such as Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Argentine President-elect Alberto Fernandez showed their support of the Bolivian leader and condemned the violence that led the president to resign.

Mexico's Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard said that the country offered Morales political asylum.

Protests broke out across Bolivia last month over disputed election results which gave Morales enough votes to avoid a run-off.

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