Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Hunger strike by laid off government workers

For three weeks, hunger strikers have publicly demonstrated against the layoff of workers in the postal and prison administrations of the Salvadoran government. They have given up food in an attempt to get the Saca administration to negotiate over reinstatement of the government workers. They have been carrying out their hunger strike on the steps of the metropolitan Cathedral in San Salvador.

The government has steadfastly refused to acknowledge the hunger strikers. Today, in an attempt to get the government's ear, Diario Colatino describes a march in which the weakened strikers were carried on stretchers from the cathedral to the Legislative Assembly. Various social organizations have demonstrated in support of the strikers.

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