Bo­livia in­mates on hunger strike ... want­ing bet­ter food

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

In­mates at one of Bo­livia’s most vi­o­lent pris­ons have gone on hunger strike de­mand­ing they be fed at least as well as po­lice dogs and horses, their lead­ers said Wed­nes­day.

Around 500 in­mates have joined the two-day-old hunger strike, ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­niz­ers at the Pal­ma­sola max­i­mum se­cu­rity prison, which drew global at­ten­tion when Pope Fran­cis vis­ited it in July.

The in­mates are call­ing for an in­crease in the prison food bud­get, cur­rently eight bo­li­vianos (US$1.15) per pris­oner per day.

“The horses at the mil­i­tary academy have a daily food al­lo­ca­tion of 15 bo­li­vianos, and it’s about to go up to 20. Some po­lice dogs have 15 bo­li­vianos a day for their food,” strike leader Fidel Her­rera told TV net­work Gi­gav­i­sion.

The pris­on­ers want a daily meal bud­get of 25 bo­li­vianos.

In­te­rior Min­is­ter Car­los Romero said such a bud­get would “turn prison into a prize for crim­i­nals.”

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