Argentine security forces protest wage cuts

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Associated Press

Posted on October 3, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 3 at 11:04 PM

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's government fired its coast guard and border patrol chiefs and forcibly retired their top 10 commanders amid protests by thousands of troops over wage cuts.

Security Minister Nilda Garre announced the moves Wednesday night, naming replacements and declaring that "the situation with the two security forces is therefore normalized."

That remains to be seen. Thousands of border patrol and coast guard officers are still protesting against plans to normalize their wages by eliminating extra payments that weren't declared in their taxes.

The government said only top officers were supposed to suffer pay cuts, but low-ranking troops revolted after discovering they lost up to 40 percent of their wages in this month's paychecks.

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