Bolivia’s former President Evo Morales said he is “very afraid” that ongoing political unrest, which left at least 23 people dead, will lead the country to a civil war.

Morales called for a national dialogue as the only way forward to end the violence and on his followers to not lean towards violence, in an interview with Spanish news agency EFE on Sunday.

He also claimed that “the gang members receive $100 per day” to keep up violent protests against him.

Opening door to an international mediation with the presence of the UN, EU or Catholic Church, Morales said:

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