June 24 - Striking police reject latest proposal from Bolivia government while top police officials order them back to work. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Striking Bolivian police rejected on Sunday yet another proposed agreement by the government to end a strike that is gaining momentum and raising tensions and forced Bolivia's police commander to order all units back to work. Low-ranking police officers declared a strike to demand wage increases and pension plans. They have been occupying various offices in La Paz and other Bolivian cities. Striking police also continued their occupation of public offices, with one massive group raiding an office and expelling police officers who refused to join the strike. Besides a wage increase, officers are demanding full pay upon retirement, an end to legislation prohibiting officers from expressing political views publicly and the creation of a police ombudsman. Police say working conditions in Bolivia are tantamount to exploitation, with officers working up to 460 hours a month for a monthly base salary of $188 a month. A police statistics agency said nearly 10 percent of Bolivia's 33,000 police officers were not completing their duties. However, strikers reject criticism their actions are putting the general populace at risk and say some 30,000 police are still on active duty.