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Weekly Report - 14 May 2020 (WR-20-19)

BOLIVIA: Pandemic policies under fire

Interior Minister Arturo Murillo condemned the “stupidity” of those protesting against Bolivia’s interim government in the midst of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, referring to the crowds that gathered in various parts of the country on 10 and 11 May. Murillo accused protesters of “playing politics” at a time of national emergency. Cries of “elections now” were indeed heard during the demonstrations, but these were in the context of broader criticisms of the interim government’s handling of the pandemic, decrying job losses and food shortages.

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