Protesters break into, set fire to Bolivian court

Protesters break into, set fire to Bolivian court

Protesters break into, set fire to Bolivian court

Written by Reuters

12 Dec, 2018 | 3:14 pm

Reuters: A student march to protest President Evo Morales’ move to run for a fourth term in office turned violent on Tuesday (December 11) when a number of protesters broke into the Santa Cruz Department Electoral Court and set fire to the building.

Dramatic images show protesters violently shaking a fence and scrambling through to the court building as rockets are fired.

Flames can be seen inside the court building as protesters enter and exit the building.

Protests have flared across Bolivia after Morales was given the green light to run for the presidency again, which came after Morales’ Movement to Socialism party asked the courts to rescind legal limits barring elected authorities from seeking reelection indefinitely.

In 2016 a referendum was held where 51% of voters rejected Morales’ proposal to end term limits. Morales, a former coca farmer in power since 2006, had previously accepted the results of a referendum in 2016, but he later reversed course, saying that while he was willing to leave office, his supporters were pushing for him to stay.

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