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Civil society hold demo against MPs greed

14 May 2013, 13:32

Nairobi - Police in riot gear fired teargas and water cannon on Tuesday to disperse about 200 protesters gathered outside parliament to demonstrate against lawmakers' salary demands.

Civil rights groups organised the protest, drumming up support through social media, to highlight Kenyans' anger that politicians are demanding higher pay so soon after a broadly peaceful election on March 4.

The organisers said the "Occupy Parliament" march, was meant to help expose the political class in East Africa's largest economy widely regarded as greedy and corrupt.

Protesters gave live pigs pig blood to feed on at the gates of parliament in the capital Nairobi to symbolise legislators who they dubbed "MPigs".

"We have spilled the blood of the pigs to show that the MPs are greedy like pigs," said Boniface Mwangi before he and other organisers were arrested by police.

- Reuters


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