Bolivian soldiers vow to keep protesting

AP News
Posted: Apr 25, 2014 9:27 AM
Bolivian soldiers vow to keep protesting

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A group of Bolivian soldiers are vowing to keep up protests to demand the option of rising to the rank of officer despite the dismissal of 702 enlisted men for sedition.

Protest leader Freddy Sujocayo says the dismissals "will worsen the situation but we will keep pushing forward." He says a new march and protest in front of the Defense Ministry in the capital of La Paz is planned Friday.

Bolivia's army, navy and air force announced the expulsion Thursday of the 702 enlisted men for sedition, rebellion and attacking the "honor of the Armed Forces."

The unprecedented military protest began Monday with 500 soldiers but expanded to about 1,000 on Thursday. Non-commissioned officers and sergeants marched in La Paz, together with some of their wives and Aymara indigenous leaders.