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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Andean Group - 12 July 2019

BOLIVIA: Morales faces cocalero unrest

With less than six months until Bolivia’s general election, President Evo Morales is facing renewed protests from cocaleros affiliated with Bolivia’s traditional Yungas coca-producing area (La Paz department), a movement known as Asociación Departamental de Productores de Coca de Los Yungas de La Paz (Adepcoca). Announced on 24 June, the protests once again highlight divisions within one of Morales’s key support bases between the Yungas cocaleros and those from the Chapare, in Cochabamba department (the home turf of Morales, himself a former cocalero).

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