Eight Paraguayan bus drivers have submitted to crucifixion in a protest against being sacked. The men have been nailed to crosses through their hands for 20 days, and have vowed to continue their protest until they are reinstated.
In between two of them, lies a wooden coffin raised at a 45-degree angle; a coffin, they say, that will become their final resting place if the company doesn't meet their demands.
They are lying on the floor against a wall in Luque, a town north of the
capital, Asuncion. The health of some of them is said to be deteriorating. The manager of the Vanguardia bus company, Aufredi Paredes, said five of the
drivers would be re-hired. But Mr Paredes said the other three would receive their legal separation
payments and would be found jobs in other bus companies.
Union leader Juan Villalba, one of the drivers crucified, said they would not
give up their protest until all are reinstated. Mr Villalba alleged they had been sacked after asking for overtime pay,
medical insurance and state pension contributions. "The drivers are tired of being exploited," he said. His wife, Maria Concepcion Candia, joined the protest on Wednesday out of