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Argentina: Protests over 'coup' in Bolivia

Expat Bolivians and left-wing NGOs in Argentina show support for Evo Morales, who stepped down from presidency on Sunday

Muhammed Emin Canik   | 16.11.2019
Argentina: Protests over 'coup' in Bolivia Bolivian citizens residing in Argentina demonstrate in front of the Bolivia's embassy in Buenos Aires on November 15, 2019, during a demonstration in support of Bolivian ex-President Evo Morales. Demonstrators carried Wiphala flags, representing some native peoples of the Andes, Bolivian flags and banners translating "No Coup in Bolivia". ( Muhammed Emin Canik - Anadolu Agency )

BUENOS AIRES

Hundreds of people gathered in Argentina on Saturday to support Bolivia’s former President Evo Morales, who resigned earlier this week.

Bolivians living in Bolivia’s larger southern neighbor and left-wing NGOs gathered in front of the Bolivian Embassy in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires.

The protestors called Morales’ resignation a “coup” and called on the international community to support Morales.

Protestors held Bolivian flags and banners saying “No coup in Bolivia.”

Bolivia was thrown into turmoil in October with demonstrations protesting the results of presidential elections in which Morales declared victory for a fourth term.

Demonstrators took to the streets, calling the results rigged.

He stepped down Sunday under pressure from the military and police.

After resigning, Morales sought political asylum from Mexico, and pledged that he would eventually return to Bolivia with more "strength and energy."

Opposition lawmaker Jeanine Anez has declared herself interim president.

*Writing by Davut Demircan

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