Laid-off Paraguay bus drivers crucified in protest
By The Associated Press August 28, 2013 3:46PM
FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2013 file photo, bus driver Felix Aguero lies with his hands nailed to a wooden cross during a protest in Luque, a town in the outskirts of Asuncion, Paraguay. A woman joined the protest Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, and climbed onto a wooden cross and had nails pounded through her hands, joining five men in a crucifixion protest that has already lasted 20 days. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz, File)
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — A woman in Paraguay has climbed onto a wooden cross and had nails pounded through her hands, joining five men in a crucifixion protest that has already lasted 20 days.
Bus driver Juan Villalba is leading the demonstration to protest a series of layoffs of union organizers at the Vanguardia bus company serving the nation’s capital.
Villalba said his wife, Maria Concepcion Candia, joined the five others on Wednesday out of solidarity. He says eight drivers were fired after asking that for overtime pay, medical insurance and state pension contributions.
Company manager Aufredi Paredes said five of the drivers will be re-hired, but the rest will receive legal separation payments.