June 25 - Thousands of police officers take to the streets during a massive strike in Bolivia. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Rebel police in Bolivia invaded the downtown square in front of the presidential palace in La Paz on Sunday (June 24), accusing their leaders of betraying them by signing a deal on pay and conditions with the government earlier in the day. As part of the deal signed on Sunday, the government agreed that the wages of the country's roughly 35,000 police officers should be brought into line with other public-sector employees with a minimum monthly wage of nearly $300. It also includes improvement pension benefits. Bolivia's left-wing President Evo Morales, accused political rivals of being behind the uprising but said he would not deploy troops in order to avoid a repeat of a police protest in 2003 that was quashed by the military, causing dozens of deaths. Morales often blames social protests on political rivals bent on destabilizing the natural gas-exporting South American country, which has a history of coups and violent social conflicts.