Bolivian Police Mutiny Over Pay

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) - About 30 members of an elite Bolivian
police commando unit have mutinied in La Paz, expelling their
commanders and seizing their barracks along with their wives in a
wage dispute. The barracks are just 100 meters from Bolivia's
presidential palace.

The protesters are demanding wages on par with soldiers and a
pension equal to 100 percent of their salaries. Police earn about
$144 a month.

A 2003 revolt at the same barracks over wages led to a gunfight
with soldiers in which 19 people were killed, mostly police.

Bolivia has 33,000 police and their institution is considered be
among the country's most corrupt.

President Evo Morales was out of the country Thursday in Brazil.

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