Bulgaria Policemen Protest with Hands in Their Pockets
The protest rally is the third one in the course of just one month. During the first one, the demonstrators smoke cigarettes, drank water during the second, while Saturday they will stand up with hands in their pockets as a sign of protest.
The protesting policemen demand changes in the Law for the Interior Ministry, immediate changes in the penalty code with more serious punishment and sentences including for attacks on police employees, improvement of facilities and better pay, extra pay for night shifts, among others.
Friday, representatives of college students' and other civic and non-governmental organizations declared that they would join in show of support the policemen demonstration, despite the violence and police beatings during the first day of their civil protests in Sofia.
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Al and Nellie are both correct.
Government (Public) employees should have better pay and benefits but this will only be achieved when the vast majority of Bulgarians wake up to the fact that the Goverment can not print money; it must come from the taxpayer. The trouble is, of course, that most Bulgarians know people who obviously have a lot of money and, equally obviously, don't appear to pay much (if anything) in tax. It is therefore understandable when they ask "Why should I pay tax, when they don't".
The buck must stop somewhere but that's the problem.
Unless the present generation are prepared to change their attitude, their children and grandchildren will continue to suffer with exactly the same problems as there are today and Bulgaria will continue to be a third world country.
"A reasonable salary, a good pension scheme and harsh punishments for accepting bribes are the only ways to minimize police corruption."
And where is this "reasonable salary" and "good pension scheme" going to come from? Since police, fire and the other public service agencies do not generate revenue, who is going fo fund them? The government on their shoe string budget? Who to fund first? Education, police, fire, army, who? And since the government generates revenue by taxation, and no one in Bulgaria wants to pay taxes, how is the government going to get money for decent salaries? Or do you expect the government to keep stealing EU funds like they been doing? I am afraid that ship has sailed. Bulgaria has to find other sources of revenue, and think about cutting salaries and benefits now.