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LA PAZ, Bolivia--Bolivia's military leaders on Thursday ordered the dismissal for sedition of 702 low-ranking soldiers who had been protesting for equal treatment in the country's armed forces.

The army, navy and air force said in a statement that they have ordered the dismissal of the enlisted men and sergeants because they “committed acts of sedition, rebellion, conducted political actions and attacked the honor of the Armed Forces.”

The unprecedented military protest began on Tuesday with 500 soldiers, but expanded to about 1,000 on Thursday. The low-ranking soldiers marched through the capital of La Paz dressed in camouflage uniforms, together with some of their wives and Aymara indigenous leaders who supported their demands.

Protesters say the military discriminates against indigenous Bolivians, an accusation denied by defense officials.

The protesters are demanding changes so that non-commissioned officers in Bolivia's military may study to become career officers. They are also demanding the release of four protest leaders fired Monday and say they want more medical benefits on a par with officers.

“It cannot be that they dismiss our brothers for demanding their rights. We will expand the protest if they are not reinstituted,” said indigenous leader Samuel Coarite.

On Wednesday, Defense Minister Ruben Saavedra said the situation in Bolivia's armed forces is changing and that in 2015 enlisted men and sergeants will be able to receive scholarships to study the same as officers.

The protesters have asked to meet with President Evo Morales, but Aymara president has not spoken publicly about the demonstrations.

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Bolivian army, navy and air force noncomissioned officers (NCOs) and enlisted men in uniform march along the streets of La Paz on Thursday, April 24 demanding military institutional reforms after 13 of them were discharged after being declared to be in default.

(AFP)

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