Bolivian prisoners cancel hunger strike

  • 21/08/2015
Palmasola Prison (Photo: Reuters)
Palmasola Prison (Photo: Reuters)

Inmates at one of Bolivia's most dangerous prisons have called off a hunger strike after reaching a deal with authorities over their food allowance.

About 500 inmates agreed to suspend the strike on Thursday after accepting an adjustment to their daily food budget and other benefits, national director of prisons Jorge Lopez says.

Prisoners at the Palmasola maximum security prison went on hunger strike three days earlier in protest over their daily food budget, which was less than that for police dogs and horses.

The agreement means the inmates will accept a modest increase already proposed by the government.

In addition, a prison health centre will be constructed, with medical items financed by the government.

Lopez said a new prison workshop might also be installed.

The Palmasola prison, nearly 50 years old, was built to hold 600 prisoners, but is now overflowing with nearly 5000 men and women.

It drew global attention when Pope Francis visited in July.