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Bolivian police fire tear gas in a push for a salary increase

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Bolivian police fire tear gas in a push for a salary increase

Chaos has broken out in Bolivia after uniformed police took over a barracks in the city of La Paz.

Dozens of lower-ranking officers fired tear gas on the streets in an effort to urge the government to increase their salaries.

They have been calling for a wage increase since last week, saying the government is refusing to listen to their demands.

Police representative Sergeant Pedro Ticona explained their motives.

“We have taken this extreme measure of not performing our services until we can have talks with the government,” he said. “We don’t want any kind of confrontation. We stand alongside our representatives because it is time to dignify the police family.”

Those protesting said they would increase pressure tactics if the government did not resolve their salary demands within 24 hours.

But government minister Carlos Romero described the ultimatum as “unjust”. He said he would meet with police representatives, but not while threats were being made.

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