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Kenyans protest ‘greedy pig’ lawmakers after salary hike

Dancing Kenyan demonstrators paraded a giant papier-mache pig doused in animal blood outside parliament Tuesday to protest wage hikes for newly elected lawmakers.

A few hundred placard-waving “Occupy Parliament” protesters then smashed the pig at the gates of parliament, pouring animal blood over it and themselves and chanting slogans demanding MPs cut their pay.

Protestors also waved fake banknotes and placards with the slogan “MPigs”.

“I’m your employer!” one banner read. “Help the needy, not the greedy,” read another.

Last month Kenyan lawmakers voted themselves a pay rise, overturning cuts ordered by the national salaries commission and reinstating their hefty paychecks, some of the best legislative salaries in the world.

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