Kenyans release pigs in front of the parliament to protest members’ greed


A policeman tries to control pigs left by protestors outside the parliament buildings during a demonstration in Nairobi. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

A group of Kenyans unhappy with the members of parliament who demanded a reversal of the government's decision to slash their pay found an unusual way to protest Tuesday.

Protesters said the parliamentarians are greedy to demand the higher pay and they released three dozen pigs and spilled pig's blood at the entrance of the Kenyan parliament, referring to the MPs as "MPigs." According to the Associated Press, about 250 protesters marched through Nairobi and staged a sit-in at the parliament entrance. One of the protesters interviewed by the AP said they protested with the pigs to show the MPs what they have become.

Kenya's MPs, who are said to have among the highest salaries in the world, are demanding a salary of $10,000 per month, says the BBC, following a decision by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission to bring down the pay to $6,300.

The idea of releasing pigs with painted message on their bodies was met with sarcasm as well as criticism on the web. Here are some reactions:

About a dozen people, including the leader of the organizing group, were arrested and the protesters were dispersed by the police using tear gas and water cannons. You can see more photos from the protest below.


A Kenyan demonstrator holding a piglet moves toward the gate of parliament in Nairobi, Kenya. (Sayyid Azim/AP)

Protestors douse pigs in blood during a demonstration outside parliament in Nairobi, Kenya. (Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)

Protesters carry pigs to the gates of the Kenyan parliament in Nairobi on May 14, 2013, as police officers guarding the MP's entrance into parliament watch. (Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Anup Kaphle is the Post's digital foreign editor. He has an M.S. degree in journalism from Columbia University. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.
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