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Off-duty police, public workers strike

LONDON — Thousands of off-duty police officers marched through London on Thursday in a demonstration about pay and budget cuts, while tens of thousands of British public-sector workers walked off the job to protest the government’s proposed changes to pension plans.

Union leaders said more than 400,000 civil servants, border, prison and other workers joined the protests before the controversial reforms, but the government said only 100,000 civil servants had taken part in what it called a futile effort.

Joining the strike were border staff at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports, where passengers were warned of possible delays.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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