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Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:0AM
A medical student protesting in La Paz, Bolivia on April 26, 2012.

A medical student protesting in La Paz, Bolivia on April 26, 2012.

In Bolivia, medical students have taken to the streets of the capital La Paz in solidarity with doctors on strike over longer work days. On Thursday, university students tied themselves to trees and posts outside the Ministry of Health in protest against the newly passed Supreme Decree 1126. The protests were held in response to the Bolivian government’s decision to increase the doctors’ working day to eight hours and a threat by President Evo Morales to replace them with Cuban physicians. Some students held mock funerals while others wrote slogans on posters using their own blood, calling for the resignation of the country’s health minister. Earlier, thousands of medical students and miners called for salary increases. Public workers, teachers, and health service providers have joined the one-month long protests by doctors around the country. SZH/JR