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Colombia says Farc rebels infiltrated protests

Friday, August 23, 2013


A protest by thousands of Colombian farmers and truckers, which has blocked roads nationwide and become increasingly violent, has been infiltrated by Marxist FARC rebels, Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón said.

Clashes between police and agricultural workers became violent this week as authorities sought to remove dozens of roadblocks that have snarled travel on Colombia's highways and prevented produce getting to market.

Much of the violence took place in central Boyaca province, a key farming area, as well as southwestern Cauca.


Source: Reuters