A group of 700 members of the police force have taken over the main communications centre in Misiones, northern Argentina.
The protest began on Tuesday night at 11pm, when 300 policemen broke in to the Comando Radioeléctrico communications centre in Posadas, the capital of Missiones province. More police, including retired members as well as firefighters joined the group as the night went on. The protesters came from all over the province, and family members have been waiting outside in support.
The police are demanding better working conditions, including new uniforms and equipment, and to be unionised. They are also calling for a raise in salaries, protesting for a basic annual wage of two million pesos.
Julio Lezken, the under-Secretary for Security of Misiones, visited the scene and said that an increase of salary “depends on the national collective bargaining talks”.
According to reports, announcements are scheduled for today for the protesting police.