Police guards took the side of anti-government protesters in Bolivia on Saturday, leaving their posts outside the presidential palace in the capital, La Paz.
The development underscores the grave threat to Bolivian socialist President Evo Morales, who declared victory in the contested October 20 election, sparking protest across the country. Three people were killed in the ensuing protests and hundreds were injured.
A coup is underway, Morales – who has been in power since 2006 – declared by his fort in El Alto, west of La Paz, according to the New York Times.
The president was not in the palace when the security guard abandoned his watch and officers were evacuated, leaving only military presidential security. The protesters moved peacefully to the compound door, but later left the area.
The United States Organization audits the number of elections. Findings are expected on Monday or Tuesday. The opposition, which claims to vote fraud, says it will not accept the results as they have not been consulted on the audit plan.
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Police forces in some cities began to protest on Friday, marches on Friday, protesting on Friday the sidewalks. Most observers agree that if Morales loses police protection, it will be virtually impossible for him to remain in power.
"We don't want to be indifferent. The police are joining their people, "said an officer in the city of Santa Cruz, Fortress for the Anti-Moral Mood
Defense Minister Javier Zaballeta downplayed police protests, saying that" police insurgency has occurred in several regions. "
Chief General Williams Kaliman said the military had no plans to intervene on Saturday.
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"We will never stand against people. "This is a political problem and it needs to be resolved in this area.
The list of requests from dissident police officers includes better working conditions, the resignation of their commander, and guarantees that they will not be used as a political" tool to every government. "
On Saturday night, protesters forced broadcasters on state-owned Bolivian television, leaving Morales without a key propaganda tool, according to the New York Times.
At a press conference, Morales proposed a compromise – the four parties receiving the most votes in an election for nine candidates should sit with an "open agenda for appeasing Bolivia."
Major opposition leader Carlos Mesa, a former president, rejected the proposal. "I have nothing to negotiate with Evo Morales, who has lost any grip on reality," Mesa said.
While appealing for dialogue, Morales also accused his opponents of trying to overthrow Bolivia's legitimate government.
Click here to see FOX NEWS application Later, the country's Constitutional Court ruled that the term limits violated his right to run, and the electoral court accepted his candidacy for a fourth term.
After the vote, Morales declared himself a clear winner even before the official results showed that he had received just enough support to avoid a run-in with Mesa.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.