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Food, gasoline shortages reported in Bolivian cities

Residents in several Bolivian cities are reporting food and gasoline shortages because of protests by supporters of ousted President Evo Morales.

Bolivia’s interim government said Monday that its efforts to resupply La Paz face challenges because pro-Morales demonstrators have cut off some transport routes.

Blockades around the major city of Santa Cruz have also disrupted commerce. Producers say fruit and vegetables are rotting on trucks that have been unable to reach markets.

Meat hangs on a butcher shop at a market in La Paz, Bolivia, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. The blockades of supporters of former president Evo Morales on the outskirts of the main cities of Bolivia are causing a shortage of gasoline and food, which puts pressure on the interim government that seeks to open a dialogue to end four weeks of social and political upheaval. (AP PhotoNatacha Pisarenko)

The public defender’s office in Bolivia says at least 23 people have been killed in street violence that erupted after a disputed election on Oct. 20.

Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous president, claimed victory after the vote, but opponents alleged fraud and massive protests began. An international audit concluded there were election irregularities and Morales resigned Nov. 10.

A woman eats at a restaurant in La Paz, Bolivia, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. The blockades of former president Evo Morales' supporters on the outskirts of the main cities of Bolivia are causing a shortage of gasoline and food. People say markets are short of fruits and vegetables. (AP PhotoNatacha Pisarenko)

A woman walks by a closed market in La Paz, Bolivia, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. The blockades of supporters of former president Evo Morales on the outskirts of the main cities of Bolivia are causing a shortage of gasoline and food, which puts pressure on the interim government that seeks to open a dialogue to end four weeks of social and political upheaval. (AP PhotoNatacha Pisarenko)