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Protesting cotton farmers injured in police clash

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Feb '07
During a protest against Government prices for this season's cotton crop yesterday in the town Curce Tacuar, irate farmers came to blows with the police and consequently 27 farmers and 11 policemen were wounded.

Clash occurred when demonstrating farmers blocked a rural highway and police tried to stop them. Some police officials suffered bruises and cuts as they were beaten with sticks, while farmers sustained rubber bullet injuries.

About 20,000 peasant farmers in the poor agrarian country had decided to protest for one day at locations surrounding cotton growing areas according to head of National Campesino Federation, Odilon Espinola.

Government had fixed an unjust rate of 25 cents per kilogram for cotton. Farmers are demanding that this rate be increased to minimum 40 cents per kilogram.

They will continue to protest for the rest of this week through scattered highway blockades.


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