Latvian doctors, police protest low wages

RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- Health workers, teachers and police are demonstrating in the Latvian capital to demand higher salaries.

Several protests are being held in Riga where anger is growing against the government's decision to freeze public sector wages.

Authorities say about 1,500 medical workers and teachers took part in a rally Friday. Protesters wielded signs saying "Don't make us go work abroad" and "Save us, we save you."

About 200 police officers staged a rally outside the Interior Ministry later Friday demanding a wage increase.

The government has decided to freeze public sector wages in an effort to rein in public spending next year. Latvia's economy has stalled following years of double-digit growth.

The government is projecting a budget deficit next year.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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