Bolivia’s Census Protests Are Resurfacing Familiar Fault Lines

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A woman holds a sign reading, “Bolivia for the immediate census - 2023,” at a demonstration demanding that a census be conducted in 2023, Cochabamba, Bolivia, Oct. 27, 2022 (dpa photo by David Flores via AP Images).

Political polarization is not exactly new in Latin America, but it has sharply intensified. The next possible flashpoint is Bolivia, where political, economic, ethnic and regional divisions have exploded in the past and threaten to do so again, over an arcane but combustible issue: When should the country hold its national census?

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