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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 10:52 AM

Bolivia Police Strike Ends, Other Protest Hits


Bolivia's rank-and-file police have ended a six-day strike for higher wages after signing a pact with the government that includes a modest pay increase.

Officers and their wives have been abandoning the barracks they had seized nearly a week ago and a camp they pitched near the presidential palace.

Under Wednesday's agreement, the government agrees to a $14 increase in the base salary of the 28,000 rank-and-file police officers, who currently earn an average of $194 a month.

Just as the police mutiny ended, about 1,5000 Amazon Indian marchers entered the city to protest President Evo Morales plans to build a jungle highway through a forest preserve.

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