Bolivian police end strike after agreeing pay deal
- 27 June 2012
- From the section Latin America & Caribbean
Police in Bolivia have ended their strike over low pay.
Officers in eight regions signed the pay deal, under which their salaries will reportedly be raised by 20%.
The police protests turned violent last week, when officers seized control of a number of police stations.
The government accused them of setting the stage for a coup and deployed the army to take over policing duties, but the officers insisted they only wanted their pay to equal that of soldiers.
On Sunday, rank-and-file officers rejected an earlier pay deal which their representatives had struck with the government.
They elected new leaders who struck a new agreement with the government under which their minimum salaries will be raised by 100 bolivianos ($14; £9) a month.
Interior Minister Carlos Romero said the officer's food allowance would also be increased, raising their total income by 22%.
The protesters have started to leave the police barracks they seized, and officials said many had already returned to their duties.