Bolivian police end strike after agreeing pay deal

A police officer participates in a protest at Murillo square in La Paz on 26 June, 2012 Police had taken their protest to Plaza Murillo, the site of the presidential palace in La Paz

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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.

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