Bolivia's military leaders have fired over 700 soldiers who have been on strike to demand equal treatment in the country's armed forces.
The military says it has ordered the dismissal because the soldiers committed acts of sedition and rebellion and targeted the honor of the Armed Forces. The strike originally began with 500 soldiers but expanded to about a thousand on Thursday. The soldiers marched through the capital La Paz on Wednesday and did not return to barracks. They were calling for reforms so that the eleven-thousand non-commissioned officers in Bolivia's military may be able to become career officers. The soldiers also demanded medical benefits on a par with officers and the release of four of their protest leaders.