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Colombian drivers demand a bigger cut of the nation's growing boom in oil

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Colombian drivers called for a one-day boycott of filling stations to pressure for lower gasoline prices in a country that has one of Latin America's fastest-growing oil industries.

Colombians are irate at increases in government-controlled gasoline prices while energy companies are flocking to the country's oilfields and production has nearly doubled in five years.

The boycott came just days after riot police used tear gas in the capital to disperse demonstrators who smashed bus windows and attacked bus stations to protest against poor public transportation services in Bogota.

Source: Reuters