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Kenyans set pigs loose outside parliament to protest 'greedy' lawmakers' salary demands

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A policeman tries to control pigs left by protesters outside parliament in Nairobi, Kenya, during a demonstration against lawmakers' salary demands on May 14, 2013.

Kenyan demonstrators released two dozen piglets and poured blood on the pavement at the gates of parliament in Nairobi on Tuesday to protest lawmakers' demands for a wage hike, Agence France-Presse reports.

"We will not allow members of parliament to increase their salaries at will," shouted Okiya Omtatah, one of the protest organizers. "They are greedy just like the pigs we have brought here."

Lawmakers' pay is currently $6,300 per month, Reuters reports, but they have demanded a raise to about $10,100 per month, which is 130 times the legal minimum wage in Kenya. 

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Protestors carry placards as they participate in a demonstration against lawmakers' salary demands in Nairobi on May 14, 2013.

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A protester squats by piglets at the gates of parliament in Nairobi on May 14, 2013.

 

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Kenyan activist Boniface Mwangi is arrested during a demonstration outside parliament in Nairobi on May 14, 2013. The protesters had intended to occupy parliament but were dispersed, while some were beaten by police and arrested.

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Riot police stand by the gates of parliament during a demonstration against members of parliament who have demanded higher wages in Nairobi on May 14, 2013.