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Bolivian police destroy La Paz headquarters demanding salary increase

Police officers on strike vandalize the police intelligence headquarters and burn documents in La Paz, on June 22, during a police strike demanding a 70 percent salary increase. At least three people were injured when striking Bolivian police officers clashed with an anti-riot brigade in downtown La Paz Thursday, local media reported.
Police officers on strike vandalize the police intelligence headquarters and burn documents in La Paz, on June 22, during a police strike demanding a 70 percent salary increase. At least three people were injured when striking Bolivian police officers clashed with an anti-riot brigade in downtown La Paz Thursday, local media reported.Aizar Raldes / AFP - Getty Images

AP reports -- A mutiny by rank-and-file Bolivian police demanding wage increases has spread across the nation, with about 4,000 officers occupying barracks.

Protesters sacked and set fire to furniture and documents in one police office in La Paz on Friday but the protest otherwise appeared peaceful.

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Police officers on strike vandalize the police intelligence headquarters and burn documents in La Paz, on June 22, during a police strike demanding a 70 percent salary increase. At least three people were injured when striking Bolivian police officers clashed with an anti-riot brigade in downtown La Paz Thursday, local media reported.Aizar Raldes / AFP - Getty Images

Police demanding salary increases shout slogans on the roof of a police internal affairs building that was sacked and its content burned, in La Paz, Bolivia, on June 22. Protesters were demanding salaries on par with soldiers and a pension equal to 100 percent of their salaries. Bolivian police earn about $144 a month and were not appeased by a 7 percent government-decreed wage increase this year.Juan Karita / AP

An official police photo burns atop a bonfire of burning documents and computers outside a police internal affairs building, in La Paz, Bolivia, on June 22. Protesting police officers sacked the offices, setting its contents on fire, demanding salaries on par with soldiers and a pension equal to 100 percent of their salaries. Bolivian police earn about $144 a month and were not appeased by a 7 percent government-decreed wage increase this year.Juan Karita / AP