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Bolivia police strike ends, other protest hits

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) – 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.

It also promises to reform a new disciplinary code that police complained was too harsh.

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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