Protesters block Bolivian roads after Covid-19 postpones election

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Gideon Long in Bogotá

Tens of thousands of Bolivians have blocked roads across the country over a decision to delay the presidential election due to coronavirus, prompting fears of a repeat of the chaos and bloodshed that followed the last election nine months ago.

The Organisation of American States has accused some protesters of “preventing the passage of oxygen tankers and ambulances necessary to attend the pandemic”.

“The immorality of trying to obtain political returns from the suffering of the people in the face of this health situation is inadmissible,” it said in a statement.