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  • 23 August 2014, 12:03

Mass Brawl At Bolivia Campaign Launch

A Bolivian presidential campaign launch ended in violence when rival football fans began fighting and hurling chairs at each other.

Video showed dozens of plastic chairs in the air as insults turned to blows at the Democratic Unity party event in Gilberto Menacho Stadium, Santa Cruz.

Fans from rival football clubs Oriente Petrolero and Bloomingeven set off flares as people fled in panic.

Police arrived and shut down the event.

There was no information on injuries or arrests.

Democratic Unity candidate Samuel Medina blamed rival party Movement Toward Socialism (MAS), headed by President Evo Morales, for inciting the violence.

Bolivians head to the polls on October 12 with Morales the clear front-runner.

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