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:
Protest over MPs’ pay turns into a pig deal goo.gl/fb/hO3wD
— Capital FM Kenya (@CapitalFM_kenya) May 14, 2013
BREAKING: Pigs arrested. Charged with going HAM and porking their noses in MPs' business.
— Ninja Samurai (忍者) (@verbstract) May 14, 2013
— Supreme virtuoso (@MartWakoli) May 14, 2013
— Michael Murumba (@mmurumba) May 14, 2013
— nelson mburugu (@MburuguNelson) May 14, 2013
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.