Security & Strategic Review - March 2020

BOLIVIA: Interim government faces indigenous challenge

The increasing polarisation of Bolivian politics in recent months has shone a light on deeper-lying social divisions in the country, as critics of Jeanine Áñez’s interim government have argued that there is a broadly racialised divide between supporters of Áñez, and of the deposed Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS). The resurgence of conservative Christianity as a political force has led indigenous communities to fear for their safety, and regardless of Áñez’s motivations, it is certainly true that these communities have borne the brunt of recent political violence.

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