Opponents in Bolivia control two state-run media

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — A group of protesters against President Evo Morales on Saturday stormed the headquarters of two state-run media outlets, Bolivia Television and Radio Patria Nueva, and forced their employees to leave, an official said.

“We were forcibly expelled after we received threats from people who had gathered,” Ivan Maldonado, director of Radio Patria Nueva, told AFP by telephone.

Dozens of employees were seen leaving the building, holding each other’s hands amid insults by about 300 people gathered, accusing them of serving the interests of the Morales government.

After breaking into their headquarters, Bolivia’s television and Patria Nueva radio no longer broadcast music.

Morales condemned the control of the demonstrators on the media, a writer on Twitter “they say they are defending democracy, but they act as if in a dictatorial system.”

The opposition refuses to recognize Morales’ re-election because it considers that the October 20 presidential election, which gave him a fourth term, was marred by fraud.

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