- A Bolivian mayor suffered the wrath of anti-government protestors who seemed to get their inspiration from Game of Thrones.
- Bolivians are protesting the presidential election conducted last month.
- President Evo Morales expressed support for her as his defense minister rebuked protestors.
Fantasy geeks will recognize this story immediately – a powerful woman is subjected to all kinds of indignities, embarrassment, and humiliation by the people she rules after behaving in a manner they consider abominable.
This includes forcibly cutting her hair and then marching her through the streets in shame. As she marches, the onlookers insult, scream and yell at her, excited to let their long-suppressed feelings of loathing out for once.
Cersei’s “Walk of Atonement” in Game of Thrones’ season 5, you say? Yes, but now add Vinto, Bolivia, where a similar scenario played itself out in a surreal case of life imitating art.
From ‘Shame! Shame!’ to ‘Murderess! Murderess!’
Unlike in the HBO hit show, this did not happen to royalty but to Patricia Arce, the mayor of a town located in central Bolivia.
Another difference was that unlike in the case of the Game of Thrones villain Cersei – where the punishment was meted out by a spiritual leader – in Vinto, it was regular folk protesting a disputed presidential election.
According to the New York Times, it all began after the protestors stormed Vinto’s municipal headquarters. The mob pounced on Arce and forcibly cut her hair. They then smeared her in red paint before forcing her to march through the streets barefoot as they chanted “Murderess!”
Various reports also indicated that the protestors forced her to sign a resignation letter before parading her through the town.