BOGOTA, June 27 (UPI) -- A group of men have begun a hunger strike in a growing protest to pressure authorities to maintain a road into and out of a Colombian village, officials said.
The hunger strike began Monday in Barbacoas, near the Pacific coast, where more than 300 women began a sex strike Friday, El Espectador reported. The women vowed they would not have sex with their husbands until the connecting road into their town is improved.
Dozens of medical patients have died en route to the nearest hospital -- 10 to 12 hours away -- because they were unable to receive immediate medical attention.
A local circuit court judge said the men involved in the hunger strike were supporting the women in the village to reclaim respect for human rights and gender advocacy.
The National Roads Institute assigned the project to military engineers, who are to start construction on the road by July 1.
In 1997, Colombia's military chief Manuel Bonnet called for a sex strike among the wives of guerrillas and drug lords to promote peace.