Bolivians have destroyed multiple telecoms masts over fears that 5G technology could transmit coronavirus, even though the South American country does not yet have 5G wireless infrastructure.
Local police chief, Franklin Villazon said four communications towers were destroyed in Yapacani, near the city of Santa Cruz.
He said the force is overwhelmed by the incident, and likening the incident to a “terrorist attack”.
The villagers had previously held protests demanding the mayor take down the masts over fears that they could spread COVID-19, but Bolivia’s communications ministry issued a statement reminding people that 5G technology is not available in the country and that it is not linked to the respiratory illness.
Conspiracy theories say electromagnetic radiation causes the symptoms of COVID-19, not a virus, an idea that has been debunked by scientists.
Bolivia has reported more than 19,000 virus cases, including 632 deaths.