Public workers protest pay cuts
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.
IN PRAGUE: A policewoman whistles during a demonstration.