Once she was taken to the street, right-wing activists forced her to walk barefoot as they kept shouting slogans alluding to her status as a woman and member of the party of President Evo Morales.
During some stretches of an improvised political "parade", she was beaten and pushed to the ground. The mob also threw dirt on her. "If you want to kill me, kill me," Mayor Arce said before the cameras and added, "I am not afraid, I am in a free country."
After walking several kilometers surrounded by protesters who did not stop humiliating her, the socialist mayor was rescued by police officers.
#Bolivia: Bolivian opposition thugs violently assault and retain the mayor of #Vinto, Patricia Arce Guzmán.
In other cities such as Cochabamba and Quillacollo, right-wing activists also sought to generate violent incidents against Indigenous men and women who support President Morales.
Besides having racist traits, those actions are part of a destabilization campaign that the Bolivian opposition has been promoting since Oct. 20, when candidate Carlos Mesa came second in the presidential elections in which Evo Morales won reelection.
The opposition and civic committees of the richest regions of the country, however, do not recognize his victory and are demanding the resignation of the Bolivian president.