Pub­lic work­ers protest pay cuts

Los Angeles Times - - The World -

Tens of thou­sands of po­lice of­fi­cers, nurses and other pub­lic work­ers staged one of the largest demon­stra­tions in two decades in the Czech Re­pub­lic to protest plans by the govern­ment to slash their salaries.

About 30,000 peo­ple gath­ered in Prague, the cap­i­tal, ac­cord­ing to po­lice es­ti­mates. The ban­ner-bran­dish­ing, trum­pet-blow­ing crowd also in­cluded sol­diers, fire­fight­ers and scores of other union mem­bers.

The Czech govern­ment has pro­posed the cuts as part of aus­ter­ity mea­sures aimed at re­duc­ing the coun­try’s bud­get deficit from 5.3% of gross do­mes­tic prod­uct this year to 4.6% next year. The mea­sures are sim­i­lar in scope to those passed by other Euro­pean coun­tries grap­pling with the fi­nan­cial cri­sis.

Petr David Josek

IN PRAGUE: A po­lice­woman whis­tles dur­ing a demon­stra­tion.

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