Police disperse workers demanding increase of wages in Pakistan's capital

21:33, June 03, 2010      

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Police in the Pakistani capital Islamabad Thursday fired tear gas shells to disperse hundreds of government workers who were demanding increase in wages, organizers said.

They said that the police also fired rubber bullets to stop the demonstrators from approaching the parliament building. The demonstrators were holding placards and banners, inscribed with their demands.

Police used batons and also arrested several demonstrators, representatives of several workers' groups said. TV footage showed several demonstrators were beating chests and lying in the road after they were beaten by the riot police.

Some 500 government employees and lady health workers, demanding increase in salaries in view of the price-hike, were heading to the parliament when the police tried to stop them.

The police fired tear gas shells and used batons to disperse the demonstrators on the main road leading to the parliament house.

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