Venezuela students end hunger strike

University protesters said Venezuelan government has met their demands.

Last Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 13:39 PM IST

Caracas: University protesters in Venezuela have ended a month-long hunger strike, saying President Hugo Chavez`s government has met their demands.

Student leader Diego Scharifker says the education minister has promised to increase budgets for university scholarships, cafeterias, transportation and other services. He says officials also promise to discuss pay increases for the sector.

Dozens of students, professors and staff have participated in the hunger strike that began on February 23 in Caracas. In recent days, four students partially sewed their mouths closed to dramatise the strike that ended on Saturday.
University officials had warned that some schools were in danger of sharp cutbacks due to a lack of resources.

Bureau Report