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20 Bolivian women lawmakers exchange punches in Parliament

Rival Bolivian lawmakers engaged in a brawl and threw punches at one another on the floor of parliament during a debate over the fate of a jailed governor described as

  • PublishedMay 25, 2023

Rival Bolivian lawmakers engaged in a brawl and threw punches at one another on the floor of parliament during a debate over the fate of a jailed governor described as a political prisoner by the opposition.

According to AFP, Chamber of Deputies leader Jerges Mercado, said the brawl, which happened Tuesday, was “regrettable” and “an embarrassment.”

The lawmakers, all women, threw punches and kicks after pro-government MPs sought to snatch placards held up by opposition members with messages such as: “With political prisoners, there is no democracy.”

But some of the lawmakers sought to defend their actions, blaming one another for starting the fight. At least one announced she would pursue legal action.

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