Bolivia sinks into the post-election crisis

The country has been paralyzed by protests since incumbent President Evo Morales announced his victory in the first round.

By Sophie Dutrey

Bolivians demonstrate Monday in the streets of Santa Cruz, against the result of the presidential election they deem tainted by fraud.
Bolivians demonstrate Monday in the streets of Santa Cruz, against the result of the presidential election they deem tainted by fraud. UESLEI MARCELINO / REUTERS

Seven days already that the streets of Santa Cruz do not see any more passing of vehicles. The economic locomotive of Bolivia, 1.5 million inhabitants, went on a general strike to contest the results of the recent presidential election which concluded the re-election of Evo Morales. At each crossroads, barricades made by residents with tires, barbed wire, chains and breeze blocks block any traffic. The protesters, who believe that the vote was tainted by fraud, strictly filter each attempt to pass. Even cyclists are sometimes asked to walk over the dam.

Santa Cruz is not the only major city in the country affected by post-election demonstrations or blockades: Sucre the capital, Potosí the mining and, since Monday, La Paz are agitated by social movements that reflect the state of increasing division of the country since the October 20 general election. Two camps face each other: that of the outgoing president and

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