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Colombia farmers fight with police

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 01:01

Aug. 28 - Striking agricultural workers clash with police in a row over government policies they say are hitting profits. Paul Chapman reports.

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Colombia's strikes by agricultural workers are becoming increasingly violent. In some areas police fired tear gas at protesters who blocked roads and bombarded them with rocks and molotov cocktails. There were similar scenes around the country during this second wave of strikes over government policies the workers say stop them selling their produce. These citrus producers spread fruit over a road to show how bitter they're feeling. (SOUNDBITE)(Spanish) ALBERTO LONDONO, FARMER, SAYING: "This fruit has no market. All the markets throughout the country are overstocked with contraband fruit and fruit that is not contraband. All the markets are flooded with fruit." The fruit growers aren't alone. Potato, corn and milk producers also complain that free trade agreements with Europe and the U.S make it difficult to compete with cheap imports.

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Colombia farmers fight with police

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 01:01