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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Three weeks before the presidential and parliamentary elections in Bolivia, violent incidents by supporters and opponents of the former ruling party Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) are escalating during election campaign events.

Last Thursday, the police were forced to intervene in the provincial town of Montero in the Santa Cruz department to prevent a further escalation of the conflict between the two parties. A few days earlier, a MAS youth organization event in El Alto was attacked by unknown individuals with tear gas grenades.

Luis Arce, the MAS presidential candidate, commented on his Twitter: "We condemn the . . .

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