Sofia, Bulgaria: More than a thousand disgruntled police officers and interior ministry employees staged a mass-protest on 23 and 24 September
(All Images Copyright 2012 by Johann Brandstätter, www.jb-photography.org)
Police officers in Bulgaria are not only grossly underpaid – one reason for the widespread corruption within the police force – they are also forced to buy vital equipment like crash helmets, side arms etc. from their meager salaries.
The European Police Union as well as labor unions from Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Spain and other countries have sent letters of support to the Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov.
The average salary in Bulgaria is less than € 2,800 per year while the minimum monthly salary as required by the law is only € 145.
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