Shocking images show how the mayor of a Bolivian town was attacked and degraded by an angry mob as the South American country is gripped by an angry spiral of violence.
The country has been rocked by brutal clashes after President Evo Morales was accused of rigging his re-election last month.
Three people have died as a result of the protests so far, including a 20-year-old student who died in clashes between pro and anti-government demonstrators in the central city of Cochabamba.
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Now Patricia Arce, mayor of the neighbouring town Vinto has been assaulted by an anti-government mob.
She was dragged out of Vinto town hall on Wednesday by violent protesters who set light to the building before hacking off her hair, covering her in red paint and parading her barefoot through the streets.
Protesters surrounded her and filmed the degrading attack on their mobile phones, chanting "murderess…murderess."
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Ms Arce, who is a member of President Morales’s Mas party, was then forced to sign a letter of resignation before being released.
A motorcycle cop managed to drive her away from the immediate danger.
Even then, as a police van sent to retrieve the mayor, as it drove away it was pelted with stones by the crowd, whose members have been identified as part of the anti-government group, Resistencia Cochala.
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President Morales has condemned the attack and Vice President Alvaro Garcia added: "For these people, being a woman is a crime, being humble is a crime, having a skirt is a crime.
"This has never happened in our democracy. That is called fascism: attacking women, assaulting them for their ethnic status. What Bolivia is facing is a fascist wave."
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The attack echoes an incident in Peru several weeks ago when a violent vigilante mob surrounded a woman , stripped off her clothing and forced her to do a "walk of shame" in the Peruvian city of Puno.
The unnamed woman had been accused of stealing 1,500 Peruvian Soles (just over £360) from a street vendor in the south-eastern Peruvian town
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