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Protesters in Mexico, Colombia clash with police

Thursday, May 02, 2013 - 00:43

May 2 - Demonstrators clash with police in Colombia and Mexico in May Day rallies. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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EDIT CONTAINS 4:3 MATERIAL Annual May Day marches turned violent in Mexico and Colombia as protesters clashed with police in the Latin American capitals. In downtown Mexico City, scuffles broke out when masked protesters attacked anti-riot police with sticks and threw objects at officers. As May Day demonstrators headed towards the U.S. Embassy , anti-riot police converged on the site to keep angry protesters at bay. Many of Mexico's May Day marchers are angry at a proposed public education reform they say is an assault on the rights of teachers. In Colombia, dozens were arrested and 11 reported injured after violence erupted between authorities and protesters angry at high unemployment and low wages. Police fired water cannon on protesters who marched on Bogota's Bolivar Plaza, calling for an end to free trade talks with the United States as well as planned labour and pension reforms in Colombia. With statistics from Colombia's Confederation of Workers (CUT) showing the national unemployment rate at 10.4 percent, almost double the Latin American average, and economic growth slowing, protesters want less talk and more action from the government to create more jobs.

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Protesters in Mexico, Colombia clash with police

Thursday, May 02, 2013 - 00:43