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Thousands Protest Police Working Conditions

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    VOADiunggah October 05, 2019

    Thousands of police officers marched through the streets of Paris on Wednesday to protest low wages, long hours and increasing suicides in their ranks. Marchers traded their police uniforms for union flags and whistles, and some wore name badges simply reading “angry.” The so-called "anger march" was the first mass mobilization by French police officers since 2001. Police unions cited inadequate equipment and repeated exposure to violence during 46 consecutive weeks of yellow vest movement protests. Some of the protesting police lay on the ground surrounded by 51 black cardboard coffins, one for each French police officer to die by suicide since the beginning of the year. The situation has worsened in the wake of the 2015 Paris terror attacks, officers say.

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