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Paraguay government to meet with protesters nailed to crosses claiming back pay for Itaipu Dam

  • FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2014 file photo, Rosa Caceres, 52, the wife of a former worker of Unicom, a Paraguayan Itaipu Dam contractor, lies on a wooden cross in a symbolic crucifixion in front of the Brazilian Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay. Four men and one woman have been nailed to crosses for several weeks and a sixth person had planned to join them Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 until Paraguay’s Work Ministry agreed to meet with the protesters on Jan. 26. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2014 file photo, Rosa Caceres, 52, the wife of a former worker of Unicom, a Paraguayan Itaipu Dam contractor, lies on a wooden cross in a symbolic crucifixion in front of the Brazilian Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay. Four men and one woman have been nailed to crosses for several weeks and a sixth person had planned to join them Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 until Paraguay’s Work Ministry agreed to meet with the protesters on Jan. 26. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2014 file photo, the hand of Pablo Garcete, a former worker of Unicom, Conempa and Itaipu Binacional, contractors for the Paraguayan Itaipu Dam, is nailed to a cross outside Brazil's embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay. Four men and one woman have been nailed to crosses for several weeks and a sixth person had planned to join them Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 until Paraguay’s Work Ministry agreed to meet with the protesters on Jan. 26. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2014 file photo, the hand of Pablo Garcete, a former worker of Unicom, Conempa and Itaipu Binacional, contractors for the Paraguayan Itaipu Dam, is nailed to a cross outside Brazil's embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay. Four men and one woman have been nailed to crosses for several weeks and a sixth person had planned to join them Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 until Paraguay’s Work Ministry agreed to meet with the protesters on Jan. 26. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Paraguayan government has agreed to meet with disgruntled workers who nailed themselves to wooden crosses to protest what they say are unpaid wages.

The form of protest is increasingly common in Paraguay. It has been condemned by the Roman Catholic Church but has often been successful.

Four men and one woman have been nailed to crosses for several weeks in front of the Brazilian Embassy in Paraguay's capital, and a sixth person had planned to join them Tuesday before the Work Ministry agreed to meet with the protesters on Jan. 26.

The protesters say they represent about 9,000 workers who claim they are owed thousands of dollars in back pay and other benefits for work on the Itaipu Dam.