As a form of protest, a group of prostitutes in El Alto, Bolivia have sewn their lips together...uh, the ones on their faces, that is. It's a (very dramatic) part of the hunger strike they organized in order to convince the mayor to reopen the legalized brothels and bars in the town's red light district, after he had them shut down due to violent protests from other city residents opposed to such businesses. Lily Cortez, leader of the El Alto Association of Nighttime Workers told the press, "We are fighting for the right to work and for our families' survival. Tomorrow we will bury ourselves alive if we are not immediately heard. The mayor will have his conscience to answer to if there are any grave consequences." We're wondering if that pun was intended, or if the translator just had a lot of fun with this. [Yahoo via Guanabee]