Venezuela students end hunger strike

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Posted: Mar 26, 2011 11:55 AM
Venezuela students end hunger strike

University protesters in Venezuela have ended a month-long hunger strike, saying President Hugo Chavez's government has met their demands.

Student leader Diego Scharifker says the education minister has promised to increase budgets for university scholarships, cafeterias, transportation and other services. He says officials also also promise to discuss pay increases for the sector.

Dozens of students, professors and staff have participated in the hunger strike that began on Feb. 23 in Caracas. In recent days, four students partially sewed their mouths closed to dramatize the strike that ended Saturday.

University officials had warned that some schools were in danger of sharp cutbacks due to a lack of resources.