December 16th – On December 14th, local time, former Bolivian President Evo Morales was hit in the head by a man throwing a chair while participating in a campaign in support of the gubernatorial candidate.
According to the Daily Mail on December 15, the video taken at the rally showed Morales sitting on the stage of a local stadium in Cochabamba while supporting Pedro Garcia for the governorship of Santa Cruz. Opponents under the stage began to shout to the party leaders and former leaders to leave the building.
A policeman and a woman stood in the middle of the stage trying to calm the crowd. The noisy crowd threw things, including chairs, at the stage. The field staff kept blocking the things thrown on.
Video shows a man climbing up from the right side of the stage, throwing a chair at Morales, just hitting him on the head. It is not clear whether the man was arrested for attacking the former president.
Morales accused opposition supporters of infiltrating the rally. It is reported that Bolivia will hold mayoral and gubernatorial elections in March 2021.
Morales was banned from running for president again, but he still held an important position in the leadership movement for the Socialist Party.
It is reported that Morales has been elected President of Bolivia for 14 years. On November 10, 2019, he resigned after declining support. The 61-year-old former president left the next day in a government plane provided by Mexican President Obrador and went into exile for a year.
He spent a month in Mexico, was granted asylum, and moved to Argentina in December 2019. Later that month, a Bolivian court approved an arrest warrant for his arrest on charges of sedition and terrorism.
On November 9, Morales returned to Bolivia and crossed the border from Argentina. It was welcomed heroically. Previously, former Economy Minister Luis Arce was sworn in as President of Bolivia after winning 55% of the national vote.