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FTA plans trigger clashes in Bogota

AFP-JIJI

Protesters clashed with police in downtown Bogota on Thursday as demonstrations in support of Colombian farmworkers angered over the impact of free trade agreements spread to urban areas.

Thousands of students, professors and workers marched from different points of the city, converging on central Plaza Bolivar, where the protest turned violent.

Farmworkers demanding agricultural subsidies and fighting free market policies have been leading sometimes violent protests in rural areas for two weeks. They have been joined by miners and truck drivers, who also have grievances against the government’s policies.