La Paz (CNN)A simple haircut can make Alfredo Mamani feel like things are getting back to normal. The school teacher is glad to get a trim after three tense weeks in Bolivia that have upturned its government.
What next for Bolivia?
Last month, a disputed presidential election led to nationwide strikes paralyzed this South American nation. The strike ended this week, with former president Evo Morales stepping down at the suggestion of the military, and Senator Jeanine Añez Chavez declaring herself the nations' interim leader. But as Morales' supporters accuse the country of orchestrating a coup, a political crisis could be developing.
Thousands have taken to the streets of La Paz in the three days since Añez took office, some resulting in confrontations with police and soldiers who patrol the perimeter of the national assembly. Tear gas, motorcycles and riot vehicles have been deployed to disperse the crowds calling for Añez to return her seat to Morales. On Wednesday, Bolivian Air Force planes flew over the protests.
Añez's ascension to power was necessary to avoid a vacuum in Bolivia's government, Mamani says. "We were drifting, we didn't know where we were going" he said, as barber Ronald Vargas clips his black hair.
But Vargas shakes his head in disagreement. He thinks Evo Morales should have remained president, instead of fleeing to Mexico where he has now received political asylum. "He should have stayed at least until a new election was held and he could hand over power to a new president," he says.
Opinions like those reflect the conflicted mood in La Paz, Bolivia's seat of government, where public workers work to clear the debris that blocked the streets and scrub away burn marks from fires set during the strike.
In Plaza San Francisco, in the capital city's historic center, the street vend