Fascist Wave: Bolivian Mayor Doused In Red Paint And Dragged Through The Streets By Opposition Mob
Bolivia's President has condemned an attack on a female mayor in which an opposition mob forcibly cut her hair, covered her in paint and marched her barefoot through the streets.
Bolivia has been rocked by deadly post-election violence over opposition claims that President Evo Morales rigged his re-election last month.
In the city of Vindo on Thursday (local time), a mob stormed the municipal headquarters and dragged the Mayor Patricia Arce into the street before setting the building ablaze.
Images showed her on the ground, her hair cut, and covered in red paint.
She was dragged and forced to walk barefoot through the town by the mob, before being rescued by police on motorcycles.
Mr Morales said in a tweet that Ms Arce — a member of his ruling Movement for Socialism (MAS) party — had been "cruelly abducted for expressing and defending her ideals and the principles of the poorest".
The party demanded the police bring the perpetrators to justice.
Mr Arce's office told local media the Mayor "is recovering" from her ordeal.
"For these people, being a woman is a crime, being humble is a crime, having a skirt is a crime," Vice-President Alvaro Garcia said.
"This has never happened in our democracy. That is called fascism: attacking women, assaulting them for their ethnic status. What Bolivia is facing is a fascist wave."
The Women's Social Organisations, linked to the ruling party, expressed "outrage" at the attack, and "for all the insults of hatred, racism, discrimination and violence" of the opposition.